Olynyk recorded 18 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one block in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 115-86 loss to the Knicks.
Olynyk committed five fouls and four turnovers in the blowout loss, but he was a factor in the scoring department. After failing to hit double figures in six straight contests (from Nov. 10 through Nov. 22), Olynyk has now reached double digits in three of the last four. If Hassan Whiteside (knee) is forced to miss any more time, Olynyk stands to see a significantly increased role along with rookie Bam Adebayo, though the veteran can likely be relied upon more than the youngster.
Olynyk had five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, and one steal in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 102-93 loss to the Wizards.
After scoring in double figures and seeing 20-plus minutes in five of six games in October, Olynyk has reached those marks just twice and once respectively through eight November matchups. It's likely no coincidence that starting center Hassan Whiteside was sidelined with a knee injury for five games in October, and Olynyk hasn't been sharing the floor with Whiteside much lately.
Olynyk scored 23 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with six rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes during Monday's 125-122 overtime loss to the Timberwolves.
Olynyk finished with season highs in scoring and made field goals and matched his season high in made threes and minutes. Olynyk is yet to see 30 minutes in a contest through six matchups, but he has been an integral part of the offensive attack. While his defense is not his strength, Olynyk's ability to stretch the floor with his shooting makes him a decent frontcourt pairing next to Hassan Whiteside (knee), James Johnson, Justice Winslow, and rookie Bam Adebayo. As a result, coach Erik Spoelstra likely feels safe using Olynyk in most of his lineups.
Olynyk is expected to come off the bench Monday against the Hawks with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra intimating that he'd stick with a starting frontcourt of James Johnson and Jordan Mickey for the contest, Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Olynyk started at power forward in the Heat's season opener Oct. 18 against the Magic, but after Hassan Whiteside sustained a bone bruise in his left knee during that contest, Spoelstra has since elected to shuffle his frontcourt rotation a bit. While Whiteside sat out Saturday's win over the Pacers, Olynyk shifted to the bench and acted as the top backup at center to Mickey, and nearly doubled up his former Celtics teammate in playing time. Mickey played 14 minutes Saturday, while Olynyk received 27 minutes -- six more than he played in the opener -- and finished with 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. With Whiteside sitting again Monday and perhaps at risk of missing additional contests, Olynyk could continue to come off the bench throughout the week, but his fantasy value will actually increase without another high-minute, high-usage frontcourt player in the mix.
Olynyk will come off the bench Saturday against the Pacers, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
With Hassan Whiteside out, the Heat will go with a somewhat-unconventional lineup, starting Jordan Mickey at center with James Johnson at power forward. Olynyk, who got the start in Wednesday's season-opener, will move to the bench, but he should still be in line given the absence of Whiteside, who played 36 minutes Wednesday.
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