WALTHAM, Mass. – The Boston Celtics should know soon as to whether Kelly Olynyk will have surgery on his right shoulder which limited his effectiveness this past regular season and for most of the Boston’s postseason.
“Kelly is still deciding what to do with our medical staff, with the opinions he’s received,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operation. We should know in the next week or so. Surgery is an option; it is being discussed. But he’ll make that decision soon.”
The 7-foot Olynyk initially suffered a right shoulder injury on Feb. 10 against the Los Angeles Clippers in what was the last game before the all-star break.
Olynyk remained limited due to the injury which led to him missing 12 regular season games. He re-aggravated the injury in Game 1 of their first round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
In addition to the 12 regular-season games missed due to the injury, Olynyk found himself on the bench for a pair of games during the Hawks series.
Prior to Game 6, Olynyk spoke with CSNNE.com about how much better he was feeling leading into that game compared to previous ones.
But that good vibe did not translate into on-the-court success as Olynyk was scoreless while missing both of his field-goal attempts in just over five minutes.
This past season, Olynyk averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent on 3s. But during the six-game series with Atlanta, Olynyk scored just two points on 1-for-9 shooting.
Ainge was much more definitive on the health status of Avery Bradley (hamstring) and Jae Crowder (foot).
Bradley’s hamstring injury should be healed in plenty of time for the start of training camp and will not require any offseason surgery.
Crowder, whom Ainge said suffered from a bone bruise in his foot, should also be good to go for training camp next fall and like Bradley, will not require any offseason surgery.