The Celtics have picked up a couple of wins recently but they've just lost one of their young weapons for a little while. Looks like Kelly Olynyk will be sidelined for at least a few weeks.
The Celtics frontcourt took a bit of a hit Thursday night in Portland when Kelly Olynyk went down with a sprained right ankle. The second-year big man is back in Boston now undergoing tests on the injury, but Brad Stevens told reporters in Denver on Friday night that Olynyk will likely be sidelined until at least the All-Star break next month.
You have to hate seeing young players get hurt in developmental seasons because they are losing valuable learning opportunities. But injuries are part of being a pro too, so he can work on his rehab and take good notes from the sidelines.
Ironically Kelly's injury might just open a sliver of room for James Young to play a little here and there.
Boston will be without the services of Kelly Olynyk (sprained ankle), Marcus Smart (family death) and Andre Dawkins (NBADL assignment) tonight. With those three players unavailable to play, the C’s will have five guards, three small forwards and four big men available to play. Shavlik Randolph is likely to see his first action with Boston, and James Young could see his first playing time since falling ill more than a week ago.
I'm skeptical that Young will get too much time while Tayshaun Prince is still here.
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