BOSTON — While there are many Celtics players that will benefit from the All-Star break, it probably could not have come at a worst time for Kelly Olynyk, who is playing his best basketball of the season.
The 7-foot rookie had a second straight double-double for Boston in their 104-92 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Olynyk came off the bench and scored 15 points, to go with 10 rebounds, along with a pair of assists and a blocked shot.
And Olynyk's strong play in the early stages of his time on the floor is being rewarded with extended stretches of playing time.
In Wednesday's loss, Olynk played 31 minutes - six short of his career high which came against the Spurs on Nov. 20.
There are a slew of nuances to the Celtics offense, most of which Olynyk has developed a much-improved comfort level for executing on a nightly basis.
"He's got a really good feel for the game and he's starting to really pick up where people are around him, which is opening up opportunities for himself and others," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "And then I think defensively he's just been more aggressive to the ball, and I think that's part of his rebounding is purely going after the basketball and not just being a guy that gets his guy off."
And with that, here's the Good, The Bad and the Ugly from the 104-92 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Rondo continues to make teams pay when they leave him wide open from the perimeter. The four-time All-Star had 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting along with four assists which included making a career-high four 3-pointers.
"He shot the ball well again, which was really good," Stevens said.
Wednesday night's loss was the second straight game Rondo has set a career-high in 3-pointers made.
The roller coaster that is Jeff Green was in full effect Wednesday night. He hit a huge basket while driving to the lane at the end of the second quarter that cut San Antonio's lead to just four points. But that made basket was only his second field goal in 10 attempts. For the night, he would finish with 10 points with as many turnovers (4) as made field goals (4-for-17 shooting).
Defense disappears down the stretch
Unfortunately for the Celtics, they saved their worst defense for last which proved costly. After three quarters in which they were within a possession or two most of the time, San Antonio pulled away in the fourth as they knocked down shot after the shot after shot. The Spurs shot 61.9 percent in the fourth quarter, blending timely shot-making with an opportunistic defense that converted Boston's four, fourth-quarter turnovers into 10 points.