Olynyk had the stat in Boston's, 110-98 loss to Utah. Kelly finished with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Olynyk also shot the ball at a high clip, he was 8-of-13 in Utah Monday night. What impressed me the most, was Olynky's confidence level. He was playing like a young player past his rookie season. Maybe he played well against a poor Utah team, but it was a bright spot, in an otherwise bad game by Boston.
Celtics legend and CSNNE analyst Tommy Heinsohn is impressed with what he sees from Olynyk.
"He's an unusual rookie because most rookies that come into the league are offensive-minded," Heinsohn said, "and the coach has to say, 'Guy, calm down, pass the ball once in a while.' What they do with Olynyk is, 'You're passing the ball too much. Shoot the ball!' Now that is a very unusual situation. So this guy is more team-oriented than the average rookie."
Olynyk has become more comfortable with shooting the ball as of late (as evidenced by his 13 attempts Monday night). He's also learning how to play defense at an NBA level, which shouldn't be a surprise with Brad Stevens at the helm.
"He was a lot better defensively tonight than he's been anytime before," Heinsohn said of Olynyk. "He was three-quartering people, he wasn't going to block every shot. He was getting there a step earlier than he has in the past to cut people off."
Kelly was more useful on the block Monday, compared to Bass, who was a -10 in 39 minutes of action. Bass did pick up 8 boards, but he was unable to guard the bigs from Utah. I'm actually surprised he put in 39 minutes of work. So, where does Olynyk go from here. Will we see another game like this in the near future? Who really knows, but what do expect from rookies, it's just a great sign to see him play this well.
Olynyk looked more comfortable out there, maybe more so Monday night than any game this season. That's what I care about, more than any stat line. He was making the simple veteran type moves, so that means Kelly has studied film, and he's been listening to the coaches and players. That's all you can ask for from your rookies.