5 fast facts about Celtics center Kelly Olynyk

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

"PESPTF00231-topic.html" class="local_link" Kelly Oubre Jr. for Game 4 of the playoff series against Boston on Sunday after he charged and knocked down Celtics center Kelly Olynyk during Game 3.

Now, they're headed to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 29 points and 12 assist, but the real hero of the game was Kelly Olynyk with 26 points off the bench.

"I don't agree with that assessment", said C's head coach Brad Stevens.

Wall was just 2-of-13 from the field in the second half, 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, and missed on his final 11 attempts.

"Everyone gave their best tonight and it turned out well", Olynyk said.

Washington Coach Scott Brooks, bleary-eyed though he was, didn't have to work hard to find a silver lining to the Game 7 loss.

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The Celtics won the first two games of the series, despite falling behind by double-digits early in both cases. "I thought he made a lot of great plays; a lot of those shots that others made in the fourth quarter were off of his passes, or started with them putting two guys on Isaiah and man, is he a tough guy". So we're not really anxious about him or what they're doing. We know they are a risky team, and they can shoot 3's. The Wizards had all of the momentum, Bradley Beal was on his way to a 38-point night, and it looked like the C's were on their way to a second-round playoff exit. The last time he scored 20 points was January 13, and that was his only 20-point game this season. The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics' lead became 94-81.

Just a few minutes later, Smart took the same walk and smiled at Olynyk - already sitting in his vehicle and waiting to go home.

During the regular season, the Cavaliers won three of their four games against the Celtics, including a 114-91 victory at TD Garden on April 5. These numbers are reminiscent of Russell Westbrook's horrifying fourth quarters against the Thunder, only with less scoring. He didn't get to the rim effectively, and settled for bad jumpers at moments late in the game.

Olynyk's 26 points were the most by a reserve in a Game 7 since Leandro Barbosa scored 26 for the Suns against the Lakers in 2006.

After an Olynyk three, Beal hit a three and was fouled by Bradley to close the Wizards within four, 101-97 with six minutes left.

The Wizards led 70-64 with six-and-a-half minutes left in the third and never trailed the C's in that frame until Thomas drilled a pull-up triple to put Boston up 82-79. The Celtics have beaten the Wizards nine straight times at TD Garden dating back to 2014. The Celtics rookie stepped up big in his limited time on the floor in the Celtics' 115-105 win to land a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavs.

Entering Monday, the Wizards were 6-2 this postseason when Wall and Beal combined to score at least 50 points. Much the same is true for Wall, who said he would think of this season as a disappointment if they forced Game 7 only to come up short.

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