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Behind a career-high (tied) 25 points from Kelly Olynyk, 25 more from Avery Bradley & a 13 assist night from Phil Pressey, Boston obliterated the Cavaliers in Cleveland last night 111-99. Don’t let the final score fool you-this game was never close and Boston led by as many as 33 points. A 41 point fourth quarter from Cleveland, the biggest quarter by a Boston opponent all year, helped the Cavs make the final score appear respectable. K.O. also had 12 rebounds and 3 assists, the latter putting him in elite company as far as Celtics rookies go.
From Gary Washburn’s Globe Sunday Notes:
Olynyk had three assists Saturday night to reach 101 on the season and become only the 12th Celtics rookie, and first since Paul Pierce in 1998-99, to record 500 points, 300 rebounds, and 100 assists. The list includes Bob Cousy,Frank Ramsay, Tom Heinsohn, Dave Cowens, Larry Bird, and Antoine Walker
The Celtics were without Rondo, Bayless, Sully & Humphries due to various ailments, which meant Boston had just 8 healthy bodies for last night’s game. It was a great opportunity for Olynyk to get some serious playing time in a starting role. Kelly logged 39 minutes, the most he’s played all season. Sure, you can say that the Cavaliers played some lackluster defense, but the kid definitely deserves credit for a solid game. I’ve liked a lot of what I’ve seen from Olynyk this season, and as a rookie, of course he’s had some “not quite ready for the NBA” moments as well. But I’m convinced the guy they call “Klynyk” has the potential to be a consistent contributor for the Celts. I also strongly believe that some time in the gym/weight room will benefit Kelly immensely. He’s got great hands, a soft touch & decent footwork, but needs to get stronger.
DownToBuck put together this clip of Kelly’s 25 pt, 12 reb & 3 ast night:
And in case you missed it, Phil Pressey (9 pts, 5 rebs & 13 asts) used every last bit of his 5’11” frame to get up for this impressive put back dunk:
Page 2: Celts drop to 5th in draft lottery odds
Boston’s win over the Cavs coupled with Utah’s loss to the Nuggets drops the Celtics to 5th in Tankathon’s draft lottery standings. The C’s, (25-55) Magic, (23-56) Jazz, (24-56) & Lakers (25-54) are all separated by just 2 games or less. We won’t know the Celts’ exact draft odds until the regular season ends on Wednesday night.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Coach A Good Scout-Stevens Has Inside Info On Draft | Celtics Hot In Cleveland | Celtic History With Pinstriped Tinge | Globe: Celtics Roll Past Cavaliers | CSNNE: Power Boost | Heinsohn: Brad Stevens Is The One | FOX: Stevens Says Offseason Is About More Than Just Additions | USA Today: NBAs Big Three All Miss Playoffs For First Time In Same Year