Celtics

Celtics

It appears Kelly Olynyk’s regular season debut will be tonight against the Washington Wizards.
 
Asked prior to tonight’s game by CSN’s Abby Chin whether he would play, Olynyk responded, “that’s the plan.”
 
When asked what could change that, Olynyk quipped, “if Coach Stevens doesn’t put me in the game.”
 
A return to action for Olynyk will provide some much-needed depth in a Celtics frontcourt that has been battered in the last two games. In addition to being without Olynyk, the Celtics have also not had the services of Al Hoford (concussion) for the last three games and Jae Crowder (sprained ankle) the last two.
 
Olynyk hasn’t played since April 28, when the Celtics were eliminated in six games by the Atlanta Hawks.
 
The 7-foot Olynyk was limited in that series, appearing in four games while missing eight of his nine shots from the field. He had missed 12 games near the end of the regular season due to the right shoulder injury, but came back in the final month to play in hopes that he could find a rhythm going into the postseason.
 
But it was clear by his play that the injury was preventing him from contributing in a significant way. Olynyk recently said that he returned to action too soon last season, something he was not going to do after having the shoulder surgically repaired last May.
 
“I’m not coming back until I’m as close to 100 percent as I can be,” he told CSNNE.com. “I don’t want to come back, get hurt again and maybe miss even more games just because I came back too soon. When I’m coming back, I want to be healthy enough to play the whole season.”