Olynyk will enter the starting five for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. Amir Johnson is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, so coach Brad Stevens has opted to go with Olynyk as his replacement in the top unit. Olynyk has averaged just 15.7 minutes over the first three games of the series, but should push for a much bigger role during Game 4. Jonas Jerebko also figures to see an uptick in minutes in the frontcourt off the bench.
Olynyk banged out 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, and two assists from 23 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland. The Clynyk was a big part of the second half rotations that helped Boston eliminate a 21-point third quarter deficit. With Isaiah Thomas out, coach Brad Stevens probably prefers Olynyk's offensive skill set relative to Amir Johnson's gritty defense. Johnson also suffered a shoulder strain during Game 3. Look for Olynyk to again play 20-plus minutes during Tuesday night's Game 4 in Cleveland.
Olynyk scored 26 points (10-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT) with five rebounds and four assists across 28 minutes in a 115-105 Game 7 win over the Wizards on Monday. Olynyk came off the bench and played the game of his life to help the Celtics topple the Wizards in Game 7. In fact the Boston big man outscored the entire Washington bench by 20 points by himself, which is both a testament to his play and an indictment on the Wizards' depth. The Clynyk's 26 points equaled his total from the previous three games combined and tied his highest point total of the season. Olynyk shot 62.2 percent for the series and the Celtics' will need for that efficiency to continue if they hope to challenge LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals starting Wednesday.
Olynyk efficiently produced 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and one steal across 20 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 win versus Chicago. At plus-14, The Clynyk also had Boston's best plus-minus ratio. Coach Brad Steven continues to go with small lineups versus Chicago, with Olynyk and Al Horford as the only true Celtic bigs receiving minutes. While never spectacular in any one category, expect similar efficient production from the big Canadian during Friday's Game 6 in Chicago.
Olynyk posted 10 points (4-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block across 16 efficient minutes in Sunday's 104-95 Game 4 win in Chicago. Coach Brad Stevens leaned on Olynyk and Marcus Smart as his two key bench players to even the series with Chicago. Olynyk and Al Horton are the only legitimate bigs seeing time in Stevens' playoff rotations, as both Amir Johnson and Tyler Zeller received Game 4 DNP's. Expect the Celtics to stay small during Wednesday's critical Game 5 back in Boston, with Olynyk's minutes staying in the 14-17 minute range, a slight decrease from his 21 minute regular season average.
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