On the Court
Two years ago, in the 2015-2016 season, he played 69 games and got 687 points. In the 2016-2017 season, he played 75 games and scored 678 total points. This year, he has played in all 23 of his team’s games and he already has 217 points. He is on the leader board for his three point percentage. He is rebounding faster than ever at a higher rate than previous seasons. He already has a double double, as well as a good amount of steals. He’s 26 years old. He’s seven feet tall. He’s Kelly Olynyk.
Kelly is doing pretty okay for himself. A lot of Boston sports fans cheered when he left, but I think we need to give the guy a break. He wasn’t a great fit for the Celtics, but he’s holding his own with the Heat. I don’t want to hear any bandwagon fan excuses if Kelly becomes the improbable hero for the Heat. Anyone remember game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals when all of TD Garden chanted Kelly’s name when he scored 12 of his career playoff high 26 points over a three and a half minute stretch? I remember. Always will. Miss you, Kelly.
Off the Court
There is a pretty fantastic case heading to the Supreme Court in regard to uprooting the federal ban on legal sports betting from 1992. The case, Christie vs. NCAA, could potentially usher in widely legalized sports betting in states outside of Nevada, such as New Jersey, then hopefully, the entire country. Well, what are the odds?
This has been worked on for a while. Lawmakers introduced legislation at state and federal levels waiting for a push from the Supreme Court. Media companies have launched ventures ready to cater to this new market. A lot of the NBA and its team owners have readied themselves to benefit monetarily from these new betting revenue streams. Do you think it will get passed? Wanna bet bet (under the table, for now)?
The Court Itself
Okay, sorry to talk about something that didn’t benefit the Celtics, but I get super excited to find ways to talk about “the court itself” in different angles. Ben Simmons displayed “amazing court vision” (in the words of the NBA highlight editors) when he made a cross-court pass to Jerryd Bayless, who then found the ball with ease and made a layup. This stuff seriously baffles me. I’m pretty athletic (if you know me, stop laughing, I know I am a showoff), but I can’t even make a pass from the three point line to under the hoop. It’s hard! Kudos to Simmons and his swift scanning and quick pass.
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Nina is a 20 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!