Isaiah Thomas fires back at Draymond Green calling Kelly Olynyk a "dirty player."
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.
Just get through that series bro....— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) May 9, 2017
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.