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NBA analyst Antonio Daniels doesn't think Wizards guard Kelly Oubre should have been suspended

NBA analyst Antonio Daniels doesn't think Wizards guard Kelly Oubre should have been suspended

It has been a topic of discussion throughout the playoffs, NBA players are calling each other out saying that guys are intentionally trying to hurt each other. It has even been an issue with the Wizards forward Kelly Oubre. During Game 3, Oubre shoved Celtics player Kelly Olynyk to the ground after an illegal screen which caused Oubre to be ejected and suspended for Game 4.

Has this always been an issue though during NBA playoffs? Former Wizards player and current NBA analyst Antonio Daniels gave a passionate response to the Sports Junkies Wednesday morning ahead of Game 5.

"I think because of this series, is the most physical series of any of the other series, said Daniels. So you have everything that has gone on prior to this series starting. You know, you understood that this is two teams that don't like each other, it's a throwback series. And now you come into the series and then everything happens with Kelly Oubre and Kelly Olynyk and then Morris and so all these little things that continue to happen. So now you get Isaiah Thomas complaining. Now what you're going to get possibly, possibly is an overreaction from the referees to kind of [say] OK let's get this game under control from the beginning. So I'm sure in the referee meeting, before the game start, that's one thing they're going to talk about."

Now when it comes to Oubre being handed a suspension for his reaction to Olynyk, Daniels had a response that Wizards fans would like;

"You get a suspension from Oubre, for doing what I felt, he was justified to do. I didn't think he should have been suspended for doing that but he did it, OK you take the repercussions and you move on. So what you see is an overreaction with the whistle tonight and in Game 5 because the last thing these referees want to see is this game get out of control."

On Monday Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green added fuel to the fire by saying that Kelly Olynyk is, in fact, a "dirty player." This was a surprise to many as Green doesn't have the cleanest track record himself. He was suspended during the 2016 finals for committing too many flagrant fouls. Daniels had some thoughts on this as well;

"Well first, OK, Draymond Green is the wrong guy to talk about that. Out of all people to speak on being a dirty player or not being a dirty player, look you gotta find somebody else. I understand Draymond Green is very good, he's very versatile, he's an all-star, but you gotta get that comment from somebody else. 'Cause that's the pot calling the kettle black. Big time. Big time. Kelly Olynky has done a few things that are borderline, suspect of being dirty. You know what he did to Kevin Love a couple years ago, yeah I definitely thought that was over the edge. NBA players will play hard, will play hard at all the times. You may not like guys, but ill tell you what, guys never intentionally hurt one another. Will never intentionally hurt one another. If you're intentionally trying to hurt somebody that's something that happens off the floor, that's personal. But on the floor, it's a fraternity. Guys want to win. Guys may not like guys, but you never intentionally trying to hurt somebody. And what Kelly Olynyk did a couple years ago, it kind of seemed like he intentionally tried to hurt Kevin Love. I don't know, I just think there's certain ways to go about doing things but there's been dirty players throughout history. 

So how do players deal with this? Especially with it being known that the NBA finals are much more physical than the regular season.

"I mean if he is dirty, so be it. If that's who you are, that's who you are. You embrace in and you move on."



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2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night as the newest wave of potential superstars like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Mo Bamba and Luka Doncic enter the league.

Here is everything you need to know for the big night...


When: 7 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: ESPN

Wizards draft picks: 15th overall in the first round, 44th overall in the second round

2018 NBA Draft Order

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls
23. Indiana Pacers
24.Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers
26. Philadelphia 76ers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets
30. Atlanta Hawks


2018 NBA Draft Top Prospects

1. DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Marvin Bagley III, Duke
3. Luka Doncic, Slovenia
4. Jaren Jackson, Jr., Michigan State
5. Mo Bamba, Texas
6. Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri
7. Wendell Carter, Duke
8. Trae Young, Oklahoma
9. Collin Sexton, Alabama
10. Kevin Knox, Kentucky


Three Things to Watch For

1. Will Kawhi Leonard get traded?

Last year's draft featured some big trades including Jimmy Butler going to the Timberwolves. This year, there seems to be at least a decent chance it happens with Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs. He wants a trade and they have been meeting with him in recent days, perhaps for a last-ditch pitch to remain with the team. If he gets dealt on draft night, it wouldn't be a huge surprise.

2. Who will the Kings pick?

A consensus has built for Ayton to go No. 1 to the Suns. After that, it's a major crapshoot and whomever the Kings select will produce a domino effect from there on down. Will they take Bagley, the safe pick, or go a riskier route with Doncic or maybe even Porter, Jr.? The best bet at this point appears to be Bagley, but nobody truly knows.

3. Where will Trae Young and Michael Porter, Jr. go?

The two most interesting prospects in this draft are Young and Porter, Jr. Young was a sensation in college basketball, but is undersized and appears to be boom-or-bust. He could flame out quickly at the next level or be some iteration of the next Stephen Curry. Porter, Jr. played only three games in college due to a back injury and now has hip issues as well. His talent is undeniable, but his injury history represents a significant risk.


Wizards Draft Prospect Profiles

-- Keita Bates Diop, SG/SF, Ohio State 
-- Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State (VIDEO)
-- Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon
-- Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova 
-- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Kentucky (VIDEO)
-- Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA (VIDEO)
-- Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, Maryland (VIDEO)
-- Chandler Hutchinson, SG/SF, Boise State 
-- Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky (VIDEO)
-- Jerome Robinson, SG, Boston College (VIDEO)
-- Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky (VIDEO)
-- Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State (VIDEO)
-- Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IGM Academy (Fl.) (VIDEO)
-- Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech (VIDEO)
-- Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton (VIDEO)
-- Gary Trent Jr., SG/SF, Duke (VIDEO)
-- Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan (VIDEO)
-- Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami (VIDEO)
-- Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M (VIDEO)

NBA Draft Prospect Player Comparisons

-- Miles Bridges, Draymond Green?
-- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dejounte Murray?
-- Zhaire Smith, J.R. Smith or Gerald Green?
-- Robert Williams, Kenyon Martin?

For more on the NBA Draft, check out our preview special episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.