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Kelly Oubre, Jr. is ready for the boos from Boston Celtics fans in Game 5, to feel alive

Kelly Oubre, Jr. is ready for the boos from Boston Celtics fans in Game 5, to feel alive

If what Washington fans did to Kelly Olynyk on Sunday night in Game 4 was any indication, Kelly Oubre, Jr. is in for a heck of a time on Wednesday night in Boston when the 2-2 series between the Wizards and Celtics tilts north.

Olynyk was booed every time he touched the ball, stemming from the Game 3 incident where Oubre shoved him to the ground after an illegal screen and earned an ejection. Oubre was suspended for Game 4, but still had a presence despite NBA rules banning him from attending in-person. Fans jeered Olynyk mercilessly and then chanted Oubre's name to mock Olynyk after he was called for a foul.

Washington fans are passionate and that showed, but Boston fans can be ruthless. Deriding their opponents is a perfected pastime.

Oubre knows that and he's ready for whatever.

"It's fun, man. In some weird way it lets me know that I'm alive. I'm here," Oubre told CSN. "If a whole stadium full of people are chanting my name, that's a blessing. I see what we did to Kelly Olynyk, so I'm not going to be surprised by anything."

[RELATED: Oubre's funny story about watching Game 4 while suspended]

Oubre's coach Scott Brooks and Wizards forward Markieff Morris had some simple advice for the second-year forward. Maybe Oubre can stop by a CVS on the way to Boston.

"Oh jeez. Bring some ear plugs," he quipped. "They're definitely gonna let him have it."

"Man, I feel like we all should bring ear plugs," Morris said. "But if you ain't booing then you ain't doing something right, then. That's how I look at it."

Both Brooks and Oubre noted how the latter has played in plenty of raucous enviroments in his time. Oubre played college ball at Kansas and has two NBA seasons under his belt.

"I've played in all the loudest arenas and against a lot of the best fans," Oubre said. "I just have to stay focused and lock in."

Usually it's just loudmouths with wicked accents screaming from the stands in Boston, but as the incident involving Adam Jones of the Orioles hearing racial taunts during a game against the Red Sox showed, there is a line that can be crossed. There have been times where Boston fans have asked Philly fans to hold their proverbial beer.

John Wall, for one, says that hasn't been an issue at TD Garden in his experience.

"Not me," he said. "I've never heard anything disrespectful... He's going to get the same amount of boos as me, but probably a little louder."

Oubre will have an interesting experience on Wednesday, no question about it. But he feels ready for the challenge.

"It's not going to bother me," he said.

[RELATED: Morris didn't think jokes about him switching with his twin were funny]

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 


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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen.