Help is on the way.
It has been a month and six days since Kelly Olynyk has taken the court for the Celtics but tonight he'll be back just in time to showcase the team's green and gold St. Patrick's Day uniforms. But more importantly Boston is in desperate need of offensive production with Jae Crowder out until some point in April.
If you can remember back to February and aren't too busy being frustrated about last night's debacle in Indiana, Olynyk was playing some of the best basketball of his career before he went down. He was shooting above 40% from outside the arc on the season while his new year averages amount to 11.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game off the bench while shooting an astounding 43% from three in 23 contests.
Olynyk's return to the court had been delayed twice before tonight as he wasn't feeling right in each day's shoot-arounds. Brad Stevens had mentioned that if K.O. wasn't feeling confident in his abilities heading in, it would not be worth pushing him back early. With that in mind, it's reasonable to assume that he's ready to go confidence-wise to return alongside Evan Turner leading the bench effort.
Stevens added that there will likely wouldn't be a heavy load on Olynyk with his lack of game action going back over a month:
Kelly told me at shoot-around he was going to give it a go...we'll see how much he plays obviously he hasn't done much other than our practices in the last five plus weeks. With the shoulder it's a big deal and that's depending on how much pain you're having...we didn't want him to come back until he was ready to roll.