Isaiah Thomas fires back at Draymond Green calling Kelly Olynyk a "dirty player."

By SI Wire
May 09, 2017

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas came to the defense of his teammate Kelly Olynyk after Golden State Warriors guard Draymond Green called him a "dirty player" in a recent podcast appearance.

Olynyk was involved in an altercation with Kelly Oubre in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Oubre was suspended for Game 4 of the series.

"Kelly Olynyk is a dirty player, man," Green said. "He's dirty. Dirty player, man. I don't respect guys like that. I mean, I know he's not like the greatest basketball player of all time, so maybe you feel like you got to like do that, but you don't like – just dirty. Like I don't respect that man, he dirty."

Thomas addressed the issue with reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

"I don’t know how he can call anybody dirty," Thomas told reporters about Green.

"It’s a joke that he said that," Thomas added.

Thomas noted that the issue has not been much of a topic of conversation among the team.

Green sent a tweet shortly after Thomas’s comments apparently directed at the Celtics guard. 

The Celtics and Wizards are tied 2–2 in the Eastern Conference semifinal, while the Warriors finished off their sweep of the Jazz on Monday night.

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