Rivers: Allen likely out Saturday, but injury not serious

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Rivers: Allen likely out Saturday, but injury not serious

TORONTO Ray Allen's return to the Boston Celtics' lineup is still up in the air. But C's coach Doc Rivers believes his current ankle injury will sideline him for at least two games - tonight against Toronto and tomorrow night's game at New Jersey.

Allen did not travel with the team for tonight's game against the Raptors, but there was a chance that he might re-join the team in time for Saturday's game against the Nets.

Rivers doesn't believe that'll happen.

"Probably not Jersey," Rivers said when asked about Allen's return. "But we'll see after that."

Allen has missed a 12 games this season, most of which have been because of his current right ankle injury.

The main issue appears to be the ankle swelling up to a point where Allen can't run or play at a level he's comfortable with or used to.

With so many games already missed, Rivers was asked if there was any concern that it might become a season-ending type injury.

"It's not that serious," Rivers said. "It's just swelling."

He added, "that's what the doctor's keep saying. So that makes me feel better about it."

With only eight games remaining, Rivers and his staff have discussed a number of options moving forward that would involve giving rest to some of the core players like Allen.

While it would appear his injury in some ways helps address that need, Rivers was quick to shoot that theory down prior to this morning's shoot-around.

"It would be nice to have Ray with us," Rivers said. "Kind of do some of the things we thought we were going to do. Not having him actually makes it far more difficult."

The Celtics are 11-1 in games this season in which Allen has not played.

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.