BOSTON – Kelly Olynyk was a last-minute scratch from the Boston Celtics lineup due to a sore left shoulder.
Fortunately for the Celtics, it’s not the same shoulder he had surgically repaired in the off-season. And while it kept him out of Wednesday’s 109-104 win over Toronto, it doesn’t appear to be an injury that will keep him sidelined for a significant amount of time.
Olynyk said he isn’t sure exactly when he hurt the shoulder, but he knew it was at some point during Boston’s 113-109 win over Detroit on Monday.
“I just remember during the game it was kind of feeling funny, I didn’t have any strength in it,” Olynyk said. “Shooting pains. But it has progressed really well the last two days.”
The Celtics had practice on Tuesday, but Olynyk said he did not participate in any of the contact drills.
“Hopefully a few more days and it’ll be good to go,” said Olynyk who added that he didn’t get a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test.
If there’s a positive in this particular injury, it would have to be that the level of pain and discomfort Olynyk is experiencing now is nowhere close to what he felt last year in dealing with his right shoulder prior to having off-season surgery performed.
“No, no, no, it’s not like that,” said Olynyk, laughing. “I know how that one felt, and it’s not like that.”
The 7-foot center has appeared in 42 games this season, averaging 8.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent on 3’s this season. Olynyk missed the first six games of the season while still recovering from surgery on his right shoulder.