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Olynyk Out vs. Clippers
Wednesday, Feb. 10
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston reported Olynyk wouldn’t return Wednesday night against Los Angeles.
Olynyk an Essential Big Man for Undersized Celtics
Olynyk’s been a steady offensive presence for the Celtics since entering the league in 2013. Although his scoring totals didn’t blow expectations away during each of the past two seasons, Olynyk posted above-average player efficiency ratings on an evolving team led by Brad Stevens.
This season, Olynyk’s flashed loads of promise averaging 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 41.5 percent shooting from three.
Head coach Brad Stevens discussed Olynyk’s evolution as a scorer and key offensive cog in December, per ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg:
We have to [keep Olynyk aggressive]. We’ve talked about it. If we’re going to be at our very best, we’re getting a lot of good play from our bigs. And he brings something different with his ability to really stretch the floor, not only from the 3-point line shooting it but also some of his ability to make plays off the bounce when he catches it outside the arc. We need him to continue to play well for us to be a good team.
The good news for Boston is it has the depth necessary to withstand an absence from Olynyk—although none of the alternatives can stretch the floor quite like the 24-year-old.
Although Amir Johnson is undersized (6’9″, 240 lbs), he’s strong and disciplined enough to play center in smaller lineups that don’t feature Tyler Zeller. Furthermore, Stevens can pivot to David Lee or Jared Sullinger, if necessary, should he decide to tinker with some other five-man units.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
Source: Bleacher Report