Though nothing compared to eight technical fouls and three ejections in Game 3, tensions bubbled up late after the result was no longer in doubt.
Draymond Green has let it be known that he's no fan of Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk. But Green probably shouldn't be the one making the claim given his own history of dirty plays.
"You've seen what he's done", Green told ESPN on Monday after shootaround. I know he's not like the greatest basketball player of all-time so maybe he feel like he's gotta like do that. "I just want him to focus on that". He apologized for shoving Boston post Kelly Olynyk to the floor. He did have some physical contact with the ref, and that would warrant it especially because Kelly isn't that big of a name. Olynyk admits he saw Oubre's frustration build up over a series of plays. "And that's what I don't understand".
Stevens said he hoped his players would take advantage of the rare playoff downtime on the road. "I guess he set a screen, it was called a common foul, it was reviewed by the league and the league determined it was a common foul".
Green also had social media advice for New York Knicks star Kristaps Porizingis, who said his tweet about the Los Angeles Clippers was the product of him being hacked. "So the audience you're going after, you have already made dislike you". "I'm not saying that that was the right thing to do". You know, just stuff like that. But we know Kelly. Like, this dude be out there trying to hurt people.
Isaiah Thomas complained after Game 4 that he had been repeatedly held and knocked to the ground in the second half. "I think Kelly is far from a dirty guy".
Green, who in December was named the second-dirtiest player in National Basketball Association history by Fox Sports (behind only longtime San Antonio forward Bruce Bowen), detailed the difference between someone who tries to bend the rules to his advantage and someone who tries to injure others. "I know who I am, I know what I do, I know what I stand for, my teammates know, and that's all that matters".