Can the 2015-16 Celtics exceed NBA league scouts expectations?

My NBA League Pass renewal just hit my credit card, so you know what that means…It’s basketball season.After a fun contest in Milan, Italy on Tuesday and another Global Game this afternoon against Real Madrid, the Celtics are shaking off the rust and putting their chemistry to the test before returning to the states to do preseason battle against NBA opponents.This is the time...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Kelly Olynyk Dazzles Milano With Crossover, Alley-Oop Pass (Videos)

Forget about the logjam in the front court: the Boston Celtics have a point guard battle on their hands. The C’s opened preseason play for the 2015-16 season Tuesday against Italian team Olimpia Milano, and though third-year big man Kelly Olynyk wasn’t a starter, he still managed to find his way into the highlight reel with some smooth ball handling. First he razzled and dazzled...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Celtics cruise to 124-91 victory in Milan

With hybrid rules in play, the 2015-2016 Boston Celtics made their pre-season debut in Milan against Olympio Milano. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 18 points, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger had 14 apiece, and Marcus Smart added 11 for the Celtics, who led 61-44 at the half and coasted to a 124-91 win. David Lee filled up his stat sheet with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The Celtics...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Kelly Olynyk, Evan Turner and Perry Jones talk about the excitement of travelling to Italy

From the Celtics' official YouTube channel: Not a bad view from Lake Como! — Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 4, 2015And check out this video from 1988 on This week won't be @celtics first trip to Europe. Look back at their journey in 1988 WATCH: — (@NBAcom) October 2, 2015Follow...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Would the Celtics bench beat the starters?

It's a question you'll probably hear many times once the season kicks off later this month: Is the Celtics' second five better than their first five?  We don't yet know who Brad Stevens will go with (and don't be surprised to see his lineups change several times), but it's fun to speculate.Hypothetically, let's say these are his starters:PG: Marcus SmartSG: Avery BradleySF: Jae...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Kelly Olynyk, Terry Rozier Impress During Scrimmage

BOSTON — If Tuesday night was any indication, Brad Stevens will have some tough decisions to make this season. The Boston Celtics took the court at TD Garden for the first time this preseason for a modified intra-squad scrimmage in front of season ticket holders. The Green and White squads played three eight-minute quarters — periods, if you will — with Team Green pulling...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Olynyk expects competition among Celtic bigs to be 'really high'

The Boston Celtics have no idea how they'll split up minutes in their frontcourt this season. It's probable Amir Johnson starts at center, but after that who knows? Will Jared Sullinger start at power forward? Is Kelly Olynyk a shoe-in at the four or five whenever Isaiah Thomas is on the floor? How do Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, David Lee, Jordan Mickey and Perry Jones fit in?...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Some NBA Live 16 avatars are pretty creepy (w/ video)

Kelly Olynyk looks like a long-haired zombie version of this guy: You can see all 30 NBA Live 16 rosters in this video:Tom Westerholm ranked each of the 14 available Celtics avatars for Mass Live, but the best commentary I've seen is of Dirk Nowitzki: NBA Live turned Dirk into Nicholas Cage. This is horrifying. — Tim Cato (@tim_cato) September 18, 2015Follow...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Kelly Olynyk being a good dude

By my count, since joining the Celtics a little more than two years ago, Kelly Olynyk has taken part in roughly 25,000 community events for Boston area kids--and he seems to genuinely enjoy doing it too.Here's example No. 25,001:Also, I bet that kid at the 32-second mark is pretty embarrassed his pool break made the cut...Follow Mark Vandeusen on Twitter @LucidSportsFan
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk scores 34 in heartbreaking Eurobasket loss, wears sombrero

Team Canada was heavily favored throughout the FIBA Americas Eurobasket tournament, but were eliminated by Venezuela over the weekend, ending their shot at an automatic Olympic bid. But Boston Celtics fans aren't sad about it because Kelly Olynyk was that team's lone bright spot, scoring 34 points (on 13 shots) and grabbing 13 rebounds. It was a fantastic performance from the former...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Kelly Olynyk wore a sombrero

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. The 34-point performance in a crucial contest was one of the best games by any player in the tournament, highlighted by magnificent shooting (11-of-13 from the field) and stellar rebounding (13 boards). The career...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk's monster game not enough as Venezuela stuns Canada in Olympic qualifier

Team Canada went into the FIBA Americas Championship semifinals on a seven-game winning streak and as a heavy favorite to earn a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympics, but on Friday Venezuela pulled off a stunning upset to put Canada's Olympic dreams on hold. The two teams had met in the first round on September 3, with Canada cruising to a 20-point victory, but the second time around...
Via Celtics Life
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk Goes Off, But Venezuela Stuns Canada To Earn Olympic Bid (Video)

Fans anxiously awaiting the start of the NBA season were treated to quite the appetizer Friday night. In front of a jam-packed and raucous crowd in Mexico City, the Venezuelan men’s national basketball team shocked Canada 79-78 in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship to secure a spot in the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1992. Boston Celtics center Kelly...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

How will Celtics' crowded big man rotation sort itself out?

Last season, the Boston Celtics had one of the thinnest frontcourts in basketball. Tyler Zeller was the only center, and, when healthy, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass filled out the rest of their rotation for most of the season.Jonas Jerebko entered at the trade deadline and added a more versatile three-point threat, but the team was still very dependent on guard...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk, Team Canada one win away from Rio Olympics

Team Canada entered the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship as a dark horse candidate to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics, but after stringing together six consecutive wins, they are now heavy favorites to reach their first Olympics since 2000. Celtics center Kelly Olynyk has been a key part of the Canadians' remarkable run, shooting better than 50 percent and leading the team in...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Kelly is turning heads for Team Canada

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. The Canadian National team is one of the hottest teams in the FIBA Americas qualifying tournament in Mexico City. One of the main reasons has been the play of Boston Celtics forward/center Kelly Olynyk. After...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk Returns From Injury To Notch Double-Double For Team Canada (Video)

Kelly Olynyk was back on the court this week for Team Canada. The Boston Celtics center, who suffered an apparent knee injury last week in an exhibition game against Argentina, returned to action for Tuesday’s rematch, which came during the first round of the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. Olynyk went just 4-for-13 from the floor (and 0-for-4 from 3-point range...
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Celtics fans can watch one potential Olympian this week

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. During a FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament game controlled masterfully by a prideful Luis Scola, Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk returned from a recent knee injury to notch a double-double. While...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Kelly Olynyk is back in action

 Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. As expected, Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk was named to the 12-member Canadian National team that will compete this week in Mexico City in the FIBA Americas Qualifying Tournament in Mexico City. The 7-foot Olynyk...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics' forward Kelly Olynyk fine after injury scare

Over the weekend, Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk scared everyone in Massachusetts when he crumbled to the court during a Team Canada exhibition against Argentina, clutching his knee in obvious pain. But as was thought shortly after Sunday's game ended, Olynyk didn't suffer any structural damage to the knee, and removing him from the game was just a precaution. This is obviously...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk injures knee playing for Team Canada

Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk hopes to have a breakout third season in 2016. But banging his knee in a Team Canada exhibition and potentially missing a chunk of time on the court is not a great way to do it. You can watch what happened right here. While setting a high screen, Canada's ball-handler's defender bangs into the inside of Olynyk's left knee. He goes down in obvious...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk hurt his knee playing for Team Canada last night

Olynyk, in some pain, comes out of the game after this collision. Canada lead down to six. 64-58. 6:33 remaining. — Zachary Bennett (@ZacharyBD) August 23, 2015 Canada got a major scare when starter Kelly Olynyk, of the Boston Celtics, went down in a heap clutching his left knee after getting run over by an opponent who had no desire to fight through...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk Suffers Knee Injury Playing For Team Canada (Video)

Athletes representing their home countries in international play always carries a risk for injury, and that’s exactly what happened Sunday to Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk was playing for his native Canada in the Tuto Marchand Cup when he became tangled up with an Argentinian player and went down in a heap with an apparent left knee injury. @WolstatSun Here's the...
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Kelly Olynyk worried about being traded?

Kelly Olynyk recently spoke about what it means to play for Team Canada: Kelly Olynyk on pride in playing for Canada and biggest difference from the NBA: "They can't trade me to Germany" — Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) August 14, 2015If you like to pay attention to the subtext and read between the lines, the "they can't trade me" part is what people seem...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk Is Feeling The Trade Winds In Boston

After losing his starting job last November and then having a rough second half to season following a severe ankle injury, the Celtics Kelly Olynyk can't help but notice all of the big men his team has added this summer and wonder - out loud - if he'll be in Boston much longer.
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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