Olynyk returns to Celtics lineup; Humphries out

Olynyk returns to Celtics lineup; Humphries out
December 13, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON — Kelly Olynyk returns to the Boston Celtics lineup tonight after missing the previous 10 games with a right ankle sprain.

But when it comes to injuries, the news isn't totally good for Boston.

Kris Humphries, who took most of Olynyk's minutes while the 7-foot rookie was out with his ankle injury, is out for tonight's game with a knee bruise.

"Humphries should be back Monday," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "He had a knee bruise that was drained yesterday. He played through it for a couple of games. It just got worse and worse."

Prior to the ankle sprain, Olynyk was in the Celtics' starting lineup.

However, Stevens said Olynyk will come off the bench tonight.

The way the Celtics' frontcourt tandem of Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass have played in Olynyk's absence, it's unlikely that Olynyk will replace either in the starting unit.

"We've had a nice rhythm with Bass and Sully at the start of games," Stevens said. "He (Olynyk) won't start so that does change it a little bit, but he'll play."