The headlines have found Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk this spring.
The latest one came after No. 41 helped push the Celtics to their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2012 behind a 26-point Game 7 effort in Boston’s 115-105 victory over the Wizards on Monday night, but it was far from the first. Olynyk first made headlines for his altercation with Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. in Game 3, and was then called a ‘dirty player’ by the Warriors’ Draymond Green, who also added that he doesn’t respect him.
That latter story has naturally jumped back into frame for the third round, too, as Olynyk will go against Cleveland’s Kevin Love in playoff action for the first time since Olynyk injured Love’s shoulder in the first round of the last Celtics-Cavaliers series, back in 2015.
But the Cavaliers aren’t expecting a sequel of Olynyk’s arm-tearing endeavors, nor are they taking the bait on questions about him.
“I’m not about storylines,” James said when asked if Olynyk is a dirty player.
“We just come to play basketball. You guys are trying to create storylines. I’m not for it.”
The Olynyk questions come just two days after Zaza Pachulia injured San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard on a closeout, and one day after Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ripped Pachulia to shreds and by all means labeled him as a dirty player. So, could the aforementioned Olynyk-Love history, the tensions between these teams, and stakes on the line for these two teams — who have now met in the postseason four times during the LeBron era — lead to a Popovich-esque explosion in this series?
“I’m just happy to be here,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, whose team is a perfect 8-0 through two rounds, said.
“The only storyline is Celtics vs. Cavs and who is going to win this series,” James concluded.
Olynyk averaged eight points, 2.3 rebounds, and 15:43 minutes in three games against the Cavs this season, while the Celtics as a team dropped three of four head-to-heads with the Cavs this year, including a 114-91 beatdown at TD Garden on Apr. 5.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog