Olynyk a smart shooter in first start of season

Olynyk a smart shooter in first start of season

BOSTON -- Kelly Olynyk has heard the questions about taking more shots so many times since he has been with the Boston Celtics, you have to wonder... when is he going to take more shots?
“I’m getting back into the swing right now,” Olynyk told CSNNE.com prior to his second game of the season and first as a starter, on Friday night. I’m going to take shots when they come.”
Which is exactly what he did in Boston’s 115-87 blowout win over the New York Knicks.
Olynyk didn’t take a high volume number of shots, but he certainly had a good feel for when to launch and when to keep the ball moving. He finished with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.


“Felt great,” Olynyk told reporters following the win which snapped a three-game losing streak for the Celtics (4-4). “Played great as a team, played hard on both ends of the floor, got after them a little bit and came out with the win.”
And Olynyk’s play certainly was a key to Boston’s success, with the 7-footer getting the start over Tyler Zeller (11 points, 4 rebounds) who had a decent scoring game off Boston’s bench.
Friday was not only Olynyk’s second game of the season, but moved him one step closer to getting rid of all the rust that accumulated after being inactive for so many months.
Olynyk underwent right shoulder surgery in May and made his regular season debut on Wednesday at Washington. He acknowledged he felt better going into Friday’s game, his first at the TD Garden since the playoffs last April.
“Felt a little more comfortable, get back in the flow of things a little better,” Olynyk said. “It’s tough. I haven’t played a game in five and a half months so to be able to get back Wednesday night and follow up with tonight … I just feel better out there.”
It certainly looked like it, especially when it came to shooting the ball which included him connecting on 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
“You have to play your game, take what the game gives you,” Olynyk told CSNNE.com. “Whether it’s shots, drives or passes, setting screens, getting other guys open, whatever the game dictates, you do.”

Irving's procedure means Celtics may add player via 'hardship roster exception'

Irving's procedure means Celtics may add player via 'hardship roster exception'

With Kyrie Irving undergoing a “minimally invasive procedure” on Saturday, the Boston Celtics may look to add a player via the “hardship roster exception” that only teams that are significantly impacted by injuries, are eligible for. 

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The Celtics won’t have a clear sense of what the timetable will be for Irving’s return until after his procedure is performed. 

But it’s likely to be at least a couple weeks which at the earliest would put Irving’s return just before the playoffs. 

In order to qualify for the NBA’s hardship roster exception, at least four players must miss a minimum of three consecutive games, and later be deemed to be out for an additional two weeks. 

Gordon Hayward (dislocated left ankle) and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus, left knee) are out for the season, and Marcus Smart (right thumb) recently underwent surgery that will keep him sidelined for at least another five weeks. 

An independent doctor will determine if the extent of the aforementioned injuries as well as the recovery time for Irving, meet the two-week criteria to be eligible for the hardship roster exception. 

Once that’s determined, Boston will be given a hardship roster exception to use on a player for the remainder of the regular season but won’t be eligible for the postseason. 

If Boston does add a player, look for him to come from the Gatorade League, possibly their G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. 

Boston has a collection of guards who have helped fill the void left by Irving’s absence, but Boston has not been able to address the loss of Daniel Theis. 

Keep an eye on former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Red Claws this season. 

MORE - Hayward gives update on rehab

Boston has a 45-day cap on the use of its two-way players with the parent team, but that limitation ends tomorrow which means guard/forward Jabari Bird and guard Kadeem Allen can earn the league minimum for every day they are with the Celtics going forward in the regular season. That can provide some depth to a Celtics team that because of injuries, can use every healthy body they can find.


Doctor: Irving could return in 'three to four weeks'

Doctor: Irving could return in 'three to four weeks'

Kyrie Irving could be back on the court in time for the Celtics to begin the playoffs.

Or not.

Irving will have what the Celts are describing as a "minimally invasive procedure" on his injured left knee Saturday. NBC Sports Boston talked to Dr. Christopher Chihlas from Southcoast Health -- who has not examined Irving but is familiar with his type of injury -- about how long Irving may be sidelined.

"A minimally invasive procedure is basically an arthroscopy," said Dr. Chihlas. "His return to play is mostly dependent on what is done . . . If it's just a cleanout, as we're being told, then -- best-case scenario -- we could see him back playing in three to four weeks."

But, he added, "it could be double that . . . depending upon what exactly is found . . . 

"The key here is the patella fracture (which Irving suffered during the 2015 playoffs). My feeling is that he's suffering a bit of the consequence of the patella fracture, which is a fracture into the knee joint . . . [He] may need to have this done periodically to get him through the rest of his career."