Game 3 between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics got out of hand when Washington forward Kelly Oubre took offense to a hard (and illegal) screen set by Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk.
Oubre quickly got to his feet and delivered a shove to Olynyk, knocking him to the floor and earning himself a quick ejection from the contest.
As players swarmed the scene and officials and coaches attempted to maintain order, there were several thwarted attempts to escalate the brawl.
As you can see from various angles in the video below, the situation came very close to getting even more out of hand in the immediate aftermath of Oubre's shove:
Though Oubre came at Olynyk hard, Olynyk reacted in a way you'd expect from a player who was trying to draw a charge (which Olynyk is good at). However, his reaction wasn't the best reaction from a player near the brawl.
Upon closer look, the best reactions come from Washington point guard John Wall and forward Markieff Morris, both of whom were on the bench at the time.
Since coming off the bench during an on-court altercation is an automatic one-game suspension, Wall and Morris definitely did the right thing by staying in their seats. Still, their faces, as you can see below, were priceless as they watched their teammate shove a Celtic to the ground:
While Morris simply looks confused by what he's watching, Wall has a bemused smirk on his face as Olynyk hits the ground. After the game, Wall commented to ESPN.com that it's clear there is bad blood between the Wizards and Celtics:
"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."
Oubre's actions will certainly be reviewed by league officials and could earn the second-year forward out of Kansas a suspension for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday.
Oubre's potential absence would put extra pressure on the Wizards' bench unit, which hasn't lived up to expectations this season.
Oubre, who only made five starts this season, was one of the main contributors to the Wizards' second unit, averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Game 4 is certain to feature several more fireworks between the two squads with a healthy disdain for one another. The officials will have to do a better job on Sunday of making sure things stay under control and don't get out of hand again like they did on Thursday night.