The NBA has announced that Kelly Oubre Jr. will be suspended for Game 4 of the Boston–Washington series. Oubre was ejected for shoving Boston’s Kelly Olynyk in Game 3, as bad blood continues to build in the series.
The two teams square off in Game 4 on Sunday in Washington.
A possible suspension was looming for Oubre after he was assessed a flagrant 2 foul in the second quarter of Game 3. The Wizards went on to win the game but still find themselves down 2-1 in the series.
Watch: Oubre foul on Olynyk
While Oubre has not been flashy for Washington this postseason, he has been effective. The small forward has posted double-digit points in Game 1 and Game 2, but only had two points prior to his ejection in Game 3.
Oubre was honest about what led to his ejection though:
“I’ve been hit in the head multiple times by the same person,” Oubre told reporters. “I’ve confronted [Olynyk] about it. The last time it happened, I fell, I felt pain in my head and my jaw, and I got up and I ran to him and I bumped him” via ESPN.
This series is starting to bring back memories of the old Heat-Knicks playoff games of old, that saw plenty of physical altercations. Oubre will be out for Game 4, but expect blood to continue to boil for the rest of the series.
Perhaps the biggest factor for the rest of the series will be how the referees handle the remaining games. Fouls could rack up quickly if they want to keep full control. But, the game could quickly get out of hand once again if they lay off of the whistle.