Allen back on the court; availability tonight uncertain

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Allen back on the court; availability tonight uncertain

WALTHAM Ray Allen was back on the floor with the Boston Celtics this morning as they begin preparation for tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers.Allen did not play in Boston's 94-86 win over New Jersey on Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms, and was told not to participate in the team's practice on Thursday.His participation in this morning's shootaround is certainly encouraging. But it by no means equates to him suiting up tonight.The true test won't be until a few hours before tipoff.Allen has a consistent pregame shooting regimen that he goes through every game, home and away.If he's out there shooting around at that time, chances are very good that he will play tonight.The 6-foot-5 veteran is the team's leading scorer, at 20 points per game. In addition, he's shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from 3-point range.

Olynyk hasn’t decided if he’ll have shoulder surgery

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Olynyk hasn’t decided if he’ll have shoulder surgery

WALTHAM, Mass. – Kelly Olynyk will consult with additional doctors before deciding whether to have offseason surgery on his right shoulder.
 
The injury kept him out for 12 games in the regular season and he re-aggravated it in Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
 
“I felt like it was improving,” Olynyk said following his exit interview on Friday. “I had games where it would feel good, games it wouldn’t. It would get hit every game and kind of pinch, set you back. It was tough. It never felt 100 percent the whole time; it never felt 80. It’s tough going down that stretch of games. You want to be at your best when your best is needed.”
 
In the regular season, Olynyk averaged 10 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent on 3s.
 
But in the six game series against the Hawks (he missed two games with the shoulder injury), the 7-foot center only scored just two points on 1-for-9 shooting.
 
As for surgery, Olynyk – like most of us – would much rather not have surgery if possible.
 
“It’s always an option when you have an injury of certain degrees,” Olynyk said. “If you can make sure it’s healthy without it, then it’s healthy without it.”
 
Depending on whether he has surgery will potentially impact his availability for the start of next season.
 
Regardless, Olynyk will do what he always does in the offseason — focus on ways to get better.
 
As he addressed the media, he had papers in his hand that included his stats from this season as well as other information pertinent to his offseason.
 
“Stuff to improve” was how Olynyk described the papers.
 
And as he began to elaborate, he grinned, “stuff mostly to improve.”
 
Like a cleaner bill of health, something that would bode well for both Olynyk and the Celtics.