To put it mildly, Kelly Olynyk is in a shooting slump. Since returning from an ankle injury, he's had a few good games here and there, but mostly has struggled mightily with his shot.
In the Celtics’ win over Memphis on March 11, he scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting while tallying six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 20 minutes. He followed that up with 13 points and five boards in victory over Orlando on March 13. He then posted a paltry three points on 1-of-12 shooting to go along with eight total rebounds against Indiana and Philly, combined.
If you eliminated a 20-point night in OKC on Wednesday, Olynyk would have seven points on 2-for-27 shooting in his last four games.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 23, 2015
If he didn't have any good nights, you would have to wonder if he was still struggling with the ankle injury, but since he's shown flashes of his old self at times, the slump is more puzzling.
The 23-year-old big man simply doesn't look as comfortable on the court in the aftermath of the ankle injury. He's been hesitant at times to shoot -- that's not a new issue, but enough so that Celtics coach Brad Stevens suggested he was going to have the Garden crowd scream "Shoot it!" when Olynyk passed up open looks -- and has simply been a bit clumsy at times on the floor.
There seems to be a confidence problem with Kelly right now. Everyone goes through bad stretches but the Celtics need all the help they can get at the moment and right now they aren't getting much from Olynyk.