Stevens: Ankle could cost Olynyk a couple weeks

Stevens: Ankle could cost Olynyk a couple weeks
November 23, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Kelly Olynyk's right ankle sprain may keep the 7-foot rookie sidelined for a couple of weeks, according to his head coach.

Olynyk suffered the injury in the second quarter of Boston's 97-82 loss to Indiana on Friday night.

He did not travel with the team for tonight's game against Atlanta.

Olynyk has not had an MRI performed, and a team official told that an MRI was not scheduled.

Apparently the ankle injury was just the latest bump that Olynyk has been battling.

"He had a little bit of a hamstring (injury) that he was dealing with too," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters on Saturday. "That scares me more because that can become a lingering thing."

As much as Olynyk's presence helps the Celtics, this injury which is forcing him to sit out games may very well be the best thing for him and the Celtics.

"Sometimes it's a blessing in disguise when you roll an ankle," Stevens said. "Let's hope that's the case in Kelly's situation."

Stevens said Brandon Bass will get the start tonight in place of Olynyk.

Olynyk has appeared in all 14 games this season with six starts. He is averaging 7.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.