Kelly Olynyk sits out after injury, but Canadian coach says Celtics forward is fine
Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk injured his knee while playing for Canada on Sunday.
He didn’t play in Canada’s win over Brazil yesterday, but Canadian coach Jay Triano says not to worry.
Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:
Triano said Olynyk is fine, they are just being cautious. Also said hard to play 11 guys, hence Hanlan today, Sacre yesterday.— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) August 25, 2015
Canada is playing exhibition games before the FIBA Americas Championship -- the summer’s big event for Canada. Placing as one of the top two teams excluding Brazil (which already qualified as host nation) would send Canada to the 2016 Olympics. Placing third through fifth, again excluding Brazil, would at least get Canada into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
So, you can see why the Canadians would be cautious with Olynyk.
Still, it’d be comforting to see him back on the court to really know he’s OK.