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NBA hits Wizards' Kelly Oubre with 1-game suspension for shoving Kelly Olynyk

NBA hits Wizards' Kelly Oubre with 1-game suspension for shoving Kelly Olynyk

The penalty for Kelly Oubre's Flagrant 2 foul in Game 3 vs. the Boston Celtics will be a one-game suspension from Sunday's Game 4, the league announced Saturday.

"Washington Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has been suspended one game without pay for charging and making forceful and unwarranted contact with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Relations" said the NBA in an official release.

Oubre bowled over Kelly Olynyk at 9:12 of the second quarter of the Wizards' 116-89 win over the Celtics on Thursday night to trim the series deficit to 2-1. 

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Oubre's loss is significant for a second unit that can be hit or miss in the postseason, but especially when coach Scott Brooks wants to throw another body at 5-9 point guard Isaiah Thomas.

"I don't think he should've reacted the way did but I understand why he reacted the way he did," Brooks said after Friday's practice.

On Friday, league sources told CSNmidatlantic.com that a suspension for Oubre was likely and that league officials were contemplating a fine for Olynyk. There hasn't been a fine for Olynyk. 

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The loss could mean more time for Tomas Satoransky or Sheldon McClellan off the bench, or maybe Brooks simply tightens his rotations and relies on his core players to cover the loss.

Oubre lasted five minutes and knocked down an elbow jumper before his explosion on Olynyk, who'd set hard screens on him before the play that led to the ejection. Oubre ran full speed once he got off the floor at Olynyk and slammed into him chest-to-chest in front of the Wizards' bench. 

He also almost steamrolled game official Monty McCutchen in a game that also featured eight technical fouls and the ejections of Brandon Jennings and Terry Rozier.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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Rui Hachimura 'sad' Olympics were delayed, hopes to still play in Tokyo next year

Rui Hachimura 'sad' Olympics were delayed, hopes to still play in Tokyo next year

Though he understands the reasons why, Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura can't help but be disappointed in the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, which were set to take place in Tokyo, Japan later this month.

Hachimura figured to play a prominent role for the host country, as one of Japan's most famous athletes and the best player on their basketball team. The plan is to play the games in 2021, still in Tokyo, and Hachimura hopes that remains the case despite continued uncertainty for all sporting events amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"I'm honestly so sad about it. We can't do anything about it," he said on Friday. "Of course, I would like to play in the Olympics. Next year, we'll see how things go."

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Hachimura had participated in some lead-up press events for the 2020 Olympics representing his country in the months before coronavirus hit. But, really, he had been looking forward to the 2020 Olympics for many years.

Hachimura has already made history as the first Japanese-born player to get selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. The Olympics this year were supposed to be another major step forward for the sport of basketball in Japan.

"Japan Olympics was one of my dreams to do. It was big to me. Ever since I started in basketball, they talked about the Olympics in 2020. Then, this happened," he said.

Hachimura should be able to still participate next year as long as the schedule works out. As of now, the NBA is aiming to begin the 2020-21 season in December. That would put them on track to end in time for Hachimura and other players to play in Tokyo.

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