Heinsohn: Olynyk 'an unusual rookie'

Heinsohn: Olynyk 'an unusual rookie'
February 25, 2014, 2:00 am
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There wasn't a lot to like about Monday's Celtics loss to the Jazz.

It marked their fifth straight loss, and it came against one of the worst teams in the NBA.

But Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk has been improving as the season has gone one. He finished Monday's game with 21 points on 8-13 shooting, and eight rebounds.

It was Olynyk's third 20-point game of his career.

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."