BOSTON -- Kelly Olynyk has heard the questions about taking more shots so many times since he has been with the Boston Celtics, you have to wonder... when is he going to take more shots?
“I’m getting back into the swing right now,” Olynyk told CSNNE.com prior to his second game of the season and first as a starter, on Friday night. I’m going to take shots when they come.”
Which is exactly what he did in Boston’s 115-87 blowout win over the New York Knicks.
Olynyk didn’t take a high volume number of shots, but he certainly had a good feel for when to launch and when to keep the ball moving. He finished with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.
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“Felt great,” Olynyk told reporters following the win which snapped a three-game losing streak for the Celtics (4-4). “Played great as a team, played hard on both ends of the floor, got after them a little bit and came out with the win.”
And Olynyk’s play certainly was a key to Boston’s success, with the 7-footer getting the start over Tyler Zeller (11 points, 4 rebounds) who had a decent scoring game off Boston’s bench.
Friday was not only Olynyk’s second game of the season, but moved him one step closer to getting rid of all the rust that accumulated after being inactive for so many months.
Olynyk underwent right shoulder surgery in May and made his regular season debut on Wednesday at Washington. He acknowledged he felt better going into Friday’s game, his first at the TD Garden since the playoffs last April.
“Felt a little more comfortable, get back in the flow of things a little better,” Olynyk said. “It’s tough. I haven’t played a game in five and a half months so to be able to get back Wednesday night and follow up with tonight … I just feel better out there.”
It certainly looked like it, especially when it came to shooting the ball which included him connecting on 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
“You have to play your game, take what the game gives you,” Olynyk told CSNNE.com. “Whether it’s shots, drives or passes, setting screens, getting other guys open, whatever the game dictates, you do.”