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.
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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Preliminary indications from league sources earlier today: Oubre will be suspended and Olynyk fined. Again, that's not official #WizCeltics— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) May 5, 2017
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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