Bird, Russell, Parish, McHale, Havlicek, Olynyk. Say what?
Boston Celtics backup center Kelly Olynyk has had a few solid games in the playoffs, but he also had just four points in Game 6 on Friday. And one point in Game 3.
On Monday, Olynyk was already having a very strong performance with 14 points through the first 40 minutes. But the final 7:09 made this The Kelly Olynyk Game.
Was going to send a clever tweet about this being forever known as the “Kelly Olynyk Game” then saw this on my timeline. pic.twitter.com/ig0j1uFMY3
— Matt Yoder (@myoder84) May 16, 2017
Let’s set it up. After Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ three with 10 minutes left gave Boston a 94-81 lead, their offense hit a lull. Wizards sharpshooter Bradley Beal started cooking, and Washington cut the lead to 96-90 in a couple of minutes.
Then this guy stepped in.
Future Wizard-killer Kelly Olynyk, in 2009. (Getty) pic.twitter.com/fwuFtI4zQI
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) May 16, 2017
Olynyk was averaging nine points per game in the playoffs, but he scored 12 points in a four-minute stretch to clinch the Celtics’ first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2012. He made a pair of threes and a couple of layups, including one that danced all around the rim before dropping.
Olynyk subbed out with 26 points off the bench (the Wizards entire bench combined for just five), and the Celtics went on to win 115-105.
That’s one way to get your name trending on Twitter.
Kelly Olynyk is dead and was replaced by a look alike: a conspiracy theory thread pic.twitter.com/Igk9WOpmYx
— JMK ?? (@JMKTV) May 16, 2017
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 16, 2017
how is LeBron gonna stop Kelly Olynyk
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) May 16, 2017
Lebron's Feet > Olynyk's Face pic.twitter.com/HZM2ldcIQA
— Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) May 16, 2017
Olynyk balling I can't even hate but I want to so bad lol
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) May 16, 2017
Kelly Olynyk like he back at Gonzaga!
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) May 16, 2017
Wow wizards- game 7 and you let OLYNYK who looks like he'd be a main character in charlottes Webb beast y'all. Now bron can't come here
— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) May 16, 2017
Now the Celtics move on to face the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals, which begin on Wednesday. We’ll see if Olynyk has any more magic in him. Boston may need it to conquer Playoff LeBron.