The hits just keep on coming for the Boston Celtics.
Avery Bradley isn’t the only player unavailable for Tuesday’s Game 2 in Atlanta against the Hawks.
The Celtics will also be without a key rotation player in Kelly Olynyk, whose shoulder injury has resurfaced and will prevent him from playing.
Olynyk first injured the shoulder in Boston’s final game before the All-Star Break back in February. After missing 12 games, he returned on March. 13 and played the final 15 games of the season.
Olynyk played just 12 minutes in Saturday’s loss, scoring two points on 1-for-3 shooting.
“Kelly went though, and he’s been playing through a pretty good deal of pain, so he is not going to be able to go tonight,” Brad Stevens told reporters.
Stevens also told reporters the injury was “aggravated” in the first half of Game 1, and he was in a “pretty significant amount of pain” in the days the followed.
It's yet to be determined if Olynyk will miss Game 3.
The C’s rely on the 7-foot Olynyk’s ability to open the floor with his long-range shooting. He averaged 10 points and shot 40.5-percent from three-point range this season. That three-point range is something they can't just replace coming off the bench.
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5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.
11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.
The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.
Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.
During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.
While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.
“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”
But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.
“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”