Introducing the Man From Kamloops, proud owner of the best man-bun in the NBA, rumored to be the illegitimate child of the Sasquach who emerged from the woods to play into our hearts at Gonzaga and then the NBA. Kelly Olynyk scored a career playoff high of 26 points and was 10×14 from the field to make himself the difference in Boston’s 115-105 win over Washington in Game 7 in the East on Monday.
Gaze upon this likeness:
(2009) Yes, this Kelly Olynyk just dropped 26 points in game 7 for the Celtics. pic.twitter.com/ORnEOBDzHC
— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) May 16, 2017
Isaiah Thomas had 29 points and 12 assists for the Celtics.
Celtics take down the Wizards and advance to the ECF! pic.twitter.com/EZKWHMHnzW
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 16, 2017
Olynyk was born in Toronto and moved to Kamloops, British Columbia when he was in the seventh grade, and went to high school there before landing at Gonzaga. Quick aside: a kid I coached in middle school was in Olynyk’s class at Gonzaga, and played intramural (or pickup, don’t recall exactly) basketball with him. Said he was the nicest guy in the world, but acted genuinely baffled when told about fundamentals like closing out and cutting off baseline. They were freshmen and Olynyk hadn’t been coached up yet — but look at him now.
Bradley Beal had 38 points and John Wall 18 for the Wiz, who end an inspired season. Boston goes on to meet (gulp) Cleveland in the ECF — and actually own home court advantage.