Johnson out, Olynyk to start in his place
CLEVELAND — Celtics center Amir Johnson’s shoulder injury suffered in Game 3 will keep him out of Tuesday’s Game 4, coach Brad Stevens said during his pregame interview session. Forward Kelly Olynyk started in place of Johnson.
Olynyk started six games in the regular season for the Celtics, and Stevens said his outside shooting and playmaking abilities — particularly with Isaiah Thomas out — makes him a strong choice as a replacement for Johnson.
Olynyk said that when he is paired in the frontcourt with Al Horford, the ball movement and pass-first approach helps establish a rhythm.
“When you do that everybody gets involved and everybody gets in a rhythm and it makes it easier when you catch it that second time after you’ve touched it the first time to make a play and be aggressive,” Olynyk said, “rather than all of sudden you’re touching the ball and it feels foreign in your hands when you haven’t touched it in three minutes going up and down the floor.”
— Adam Himmelsbach, Globe Staff