Karl-Anthony Towns is longer, stronger, faster and more explosive than Kelly Olynyk. From a purely physical perspective, there’s no way the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie should be embarrassed like this by his Boston Celtics counterpart.
But basketball isn’t just about measurables; this game is as much about craft and skill as anything else. And for a seven-footer, Olynyk has those attributes in spades. He’s equally capable of knocking down a jumper from 20-feet as he is putting the ball on the deck and attacking the rim.
That unique combination consistently puts defenders like Towns, who are used to checking more traditional big men, in an uncomfortable position. And this time, it nearly led to the rare jab-step ankle-breaker, too.