Kelly Olynyk saved the Celtics in Game 7 like no one expected

It was the Olynyk game nobody saw coming.

The Boston Celtics held on as victors of a bizarre back-and-forth Game 7 against Washington Wizards in which backup big Kelly Olynyk heard chants around TD Garden in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas stayed the Celtics’ offensive star with 29 points and 12 assists, but Olynyk was the series-saving MVP nobody saw coming.

Olynyk was there whenever the Celtics needed to score in the final frame, inside and out, flashing the versatility he can never show consistently. On Monday, he could, scoring 14 points in the final quarter as he helped lead his team to a 115-105 victory.

He finished the game with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and couldn’t miss no matter who was thrown at him. Marcin Gortat struggled to chase him outside, and somehow even Markieff Morris couldn’t hold him down in the post.

Death by Olynyk was the most Celtics way to win and most Wizards way to lose

The Celtics lack the star-power to make anyone think they can beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in a series, but their collection of second-tier talents is moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Typically it’s Al Horford who falls into the second-scorer, but mindbogglingly enough he wasn’t the first thought on kickouts. This was Olynyk’s night.

His fourth quarter performance earned a standing ovation as he was subbed out with just over a minute to play.

Olynyk is the second Celtic since Kevin McHale to score 25 points or more off the bench in a playoff game. McHale’s performance came in 1993 — when Olynyk was just two years old.

The Wizards have missed the conference finals in 39 consecutive seasons, and in the most depressing way of all, a miraculous Olynyk performance spoiled John Wall’s stunning Game 6 game-winning three. The losing streak since Jimmy Carter was President lives on.

Isaiah Thomas was incredible as well

As he was for much of the postseason and especially in this series, Thomas was fantastic scoring the ball. His 29 points were vital before Olynyk got things really rolling, and his confidence is to a point where a deep three-pointer with 10 minutes to go felt like a dagger.

He’ll see Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith for tougher defensive assignments in the Eastern Conference Finals. But he had a solid showing no matter if Wall, Bradley Beal, or Otto Porter was thrown his way.

Olynyk won’t put on this kind of show against LeBron James and company, but Thomas must to stay competitive.

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Open thread for night owls: ‘Deepest, most consequential disruption of transportation in history’?

Andy Rowell at Oil Change International writes—We are on cusp of “deepest, most consequential disruption of transportation in history”:

“We are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruption of transportation in history.”

Within ten years, we may witness a radical technological shake up in the way we drive as people switch from petrol and diesel engines to self-drive electric vehicles. […] 

And as people switch in droves to electric, the internal combustion engine could soon be consigned to the history books.

Big Oil and Big Car companies will be in trouble as millions of drivers switch to clean electric vehicles. The tipping point could be only two or three years away.

So says a new report by Stanford University economist, Professor Tony Seba, who labels the coming the new business revolution as “transport-as-a-service” (TaaS).

According to Seba in his report, “Rethinking Transportation”, the “TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth.”

“What the cost curve says is that by 2025 all new vehicles will be electric, all new buses, all new cars, all new tractors, all new vans, anything that moves on wheels will be electric, globally,” Prof Seba told the paper.

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BREAKING: Sen. McCain just raised his threat level to “furrowed brow,” while Sen. Graham has gone from “concerned” to “very concerned.”

— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) May 15, 2017


At Daily Kos on this date in 2007—Stepping Up Pressure on Iraq:

The Feingold-Reid amendment, expected to come up tomorrow morning, will be for the Senate what the McGovern amendment was in last week’s House vote on the Iraq supplemental—the baseline vote for how committed Democratic senators are to ending this war before the next election.

What’s more, as noted in this AP story it:

has the makings of a turning point in the Democratic presidential campaign, obliging Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama to take a fresh look at calls for cutting off war funds.

The vote will show the willingness of Clinton and Obama, and all the Democratic Senators, to exercise their most important Congressional power–the power of the purse–to check the executive.

Obama announced today that he will support Feingold-Reid, though in his statement he doesn’t address the concept of ending the funding.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up the weekend’s top stories and the latest polling. Armando joins in to parse the Comey parsing. Like all “rights,” the “right” to fire the FBI director has limits. Trump’s DOJ abruptly settles a major Russian money laundering case. Hmm!

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Business people: May 16, 2017

EDiS Company  announces promotions Brian DiSabatino, CEO of EDiS Company, announced the promotion of three members of the senior leadership team. Gerald T. Doherty has been promoted to president; Andrew DiSabatino III has been promoted to vice president; and Christian McCone has been promoted to operations manager. Doherty, LEED AP, takes over the role of […]

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College Football Playoff title game will have a halftime performance. Here’s who should take the stage

There are a number of artists that would make for a good show in Atlanta.

The traditional college football halftime show features both school marching bands performing on the field while both teams are in the locker room. This year’s halftime show of the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta, Ga., will have that same traditional show and more. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that there will be a “Super Bowl-like” halftime show, in the form of a concert that will take place outside of the stadium.

ESPN and the College Football Playoff say they will announce Tuesday that a musical guest will perform at halftime of this season’s title game in Atlanta on Jan. 8, 2018, and the performance will be aired on ESPN. The halftime concert will be held in Centennial Olympic Park, near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. An artist has not yet been booked.

ESPN’s Senior Director of Communications, Keri Potts, later added on Twitter that the traditional halftime show featuring the bands will air on ESPN’s Megacast broadcast, but the halftime show will air on ESPN.

Since we don’t know just who exactly will be performing at this year’s halftime show, I took it upon myself to come up with a list of suggestions.

1. Migos: Not only would this be a good musical choice in general in my humble opinion, they’re from Atlanta, and since the game is there, essentially this makes perfect sense. In other words, “Do it for the culture,” ATL.

2. Katy Perry: She absolutely killed her halftime show at the Super Bowl a couple years ago, and maybe she can ride the giant mechanical lion again like she did while performing “Roar.”

Oh, and she’s also a familiar face to college football fans, as well. She was a guest picker on ESPN’s College GameDay back in 2014, where she revealed her true love for then-Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight.

An LSU corndog reference was also of course made.


3. Beyonce: Queen B works literally with every and any venue or performance, don’t @ me if you think otherwise.

4. Usher: Another Atlanta resident, Usher, could make sense. He’s also performed in front of a college football audience before — the Sunday night before last year’s Alabama-Clemson CFP national championship, he closed out the College Football Playoff’s Playoff Playlist Live concert series in Tampa last year.

5. Coldplay: The group performed the halftime show of Super Bowl 50, with a surprise guest appearance by Beyonce and Bruno Mars, as well.

These are obviously just suggestions, but I’d like to think any number of artists would make for a fun show. It’s also pretty cool to see college football experimenting with the Super Bowl’s traditional halftime show.

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