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Fans take to Twitter to react to Kelly Oubre's fight with Kelly Olynyk

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For what must have been the first time in NBA history on Thursday night, two players named Kelly O. got into a fight on the court.

The two Kelly O's involved in Thursday's scuffle were Kelly Oubre Jr. of the Washington Wizards and Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics.

Oubre took offense to a hard screen by Olynyk (which officials whistled as an offensive foul) and came after the Boston forward, delivering a forearm shiver to Olynyk as officials tried to hold him back.

As you can see in the video below, Olynyk goes sprawling to the court after the hit, which earned Oubre a quick ejection from the game:

Officials and coaches did a good job ensuring that things didn't get even further out of hand after Oubre's hard shove, but it's clear the physicality of the series simply became too much for Oubre.

Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics - Game Two

Naturally, the fight prompted NBA fans to flock to Twitter to share their takes on Thursday's scuffle. Many focused on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who has also had a postseason run-in with the Boston forward:

Were there WWE memes? Of course there were:

All joking aside, though, Oubre may have put his teammates in a tough position. His shove will certainly be reviewed by the NBA and may earn him a suspension for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday.

Washington coach Scott Brooks said Oubre's response was over the top and unnecessary, but told ESPN.com that he found it hard to fault the forward for reacting the way he did after Olynyk's illegal screen:

"We can't respond that way," Brooks said. "When you keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way and I think that's what he did. I'm not saying that that was the right thing to do. We have to focus on playing basketball."

If Oubre is indeed suspended for Game 4, it will put extra pressure on Washington's bench - a unit that didn't live up to expectations during the regular season.

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards - Game Three

Star point guard John Wall, who scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Wizards on Thursday night, said it's clear the Wizards and Celtics aren't fans of one another:

"I guess just two teams that really don't like each other," Wall said. "We're two teams that's trying to compete and trying to win this series."

If officials don't have better control of Game 4 from the opening tipoff on Sunday, things could continue to get out of hand in this second-round playoff series.

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