In the Bonus: Olynyk coming on strong

In the Bonus: Olynyk coming on strong
March 9, 2014, 5:15 pm
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BOSTON — No hesitation. No thought.

This is where Kelly Olynyk is at right now in his game, and the Celtics couldn't be any happier about that.

In a season where progress is often measured in intangibles, the 7-foot rookie has been putting up the kind of numbers lately that speak to why the Celtics think so highly of him.

Olynyk arguably is in his best stretch of the season in terms of impact, aggression, and maybe most noteworthy, consistency.

"I'm definitely more comfortable out there, in the system, in the league," said Olynyk. "Just kind of relaxed and playing basketball like you always have."

In his last three games, he has averaged 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game which are both significantly better than his season averages of 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

As you delve into his most recent stats, it's clear that the biggest change has been an increased opportunity to play.

Olynyk has averaged 18.7 minutes per game this season, although he has seen his playing time increase to 24.2 in Boston's last three games.

In those three games, he has shot 56.3 percent compared to just 41.8 on the season.

Once a reluctant three-point shooter, Olynyk has nailed 55.6 percent of his threes in the last three games, nearly doubling his 28.8 percent shooting numbers for the rest of the season.