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.

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.

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.

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.

About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.