SALT LAKE CITY – The Boston Celtics will begin the post All-Star break portion of their schedule without the services of Kelly Olynyk.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said the 7-footer is going to have a second opinion on the right shoulder injury he suffered on Feb. 10 in Boston’s 139-134 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
“It’s still very sore,” said Stevens who added that Olynyk will get his second opinion conducted in Los Angeles. “Definitely out this weekend. We’ll see what the second opinion says.”
The injury was severe enough to keep him from participating in the 3-point shooting contest.
Olynyk was not among the initial players selected, but CSNNE.com learned that the 7-foot center received an invite to the event when Miami’s Chris Bosh had to pull out.
Because of the shoulder injury, Olynyk had to decline the invitation which then went to Portland’s C.J. McCollum.
It’s too soon to tell if the injury will force him to more time than Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz and Sunday’s matchup at Denver.
This season, Olynyk has only missed one game and that was the season opener due to a one-game suspension for his role in injuring Kevin Love’s shoulder in the playoffs last year.
In 54 games, Olynyk is averaging 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent from the field and a career-best 41.3 percent on 3s.