Legends and Heroes are made in game 7’s. All it takes it one shot, one play, or one spectacular performance from an unlike source. Tonight the legend of Kelly Olynyk was born.
Olynyk a backup stretch 4/5 for the Celtics is probably more known for breaking Kevin Love’s arm in the first round of the playoffs a few years back, and tangling with Wizards forward Kelly Oubre in this series.
None of that matter tonight, as Olynyk scored a career playoff high 26 points, with 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Those 12 fourth quarter points came during a three minute stretch that put the game away for good for the Celtics.
His 26 points is the most points scored by a Boston reserve since Eddie House went for 31 points against Orlando in 2009.
All season and postseason long Isaiah Thomas has carried the Boston Celtics. Whether is playing though pain or tragedy, or taking over in the four quarter. Thomas finished with 29 points tonight, but the story of the game is Kelly Olynyk.
Because of Kelly Olynyk’s heroics the Celtics are moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals for a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bradley Beal was also spectacular tonight and scored a new playoff high as well with 38 points. He single handily kept the wizards in the game on a night where John Wall struggled shooting 8-23 for 18 points.
Washington biggest weakness all season long was a lack of bench production. Tonight the Wizards reserves scored a measly 5 points. That wasn’t enough and the Wizards season is over.