Sullinger, Olynyk appear uncertain for Saturday

Sullinger, Olynyk appear uncertain for Saturday
November 22, 2013, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON — As reporters slowly gathered around Jared Sullinger's locker stall, within 30 seconds he let out three separate coughs.

"I'm exhausted," he said, slowly putting on his socks before addressing the media.

But for him and the Celtics, there's no rest for the weary, not with yet another road game - this time in Atlanta - on Saturday night.

Sullinger, who had 13 points and five rebounds in Boston's 97-82 loss to Indiana on Friday, said he will play.

But it was pretty obvious that depending on how he feels tomorrow, his availability is very much in question.

He's not the only Celtics player whose status for Saturday night's game against the Hawks is uncertain.

Rookie Kelly Olynyk suffered a right ankle sprain in the second quarter on Friday, and was unable to return.

There's some swelling, and Olynyk admits he's not sure if he'll be ready to play on Saturday.

"Only time will tell, really," he said.

Olynyk has had ankle sprains before, but said he didn't think it would keep him sidelined for too long.

"Some of them are lighter, some of them are intense," he said, generally speaking, of ankle sprains. "I wouldn't say this one is intense-intense, where you're going to be out a month or so. Hopefully there's no damage done; just try to get back as quick as you can."

While Olynyk wasn't having a big game statistically, his presence defensively was among the reasons why the Celtics were in control for a good chunk of the first half.

"That hurt," said Boston's Brad Stevens, referring to not having Olynyk in the second half. "I thought that hurt us."

And the prospect of not having one or both of his young bigs for Saturday's game against the Hawks, is yet another blow to a team that will have their hands full even with a healthy Sullinger and Olynyk.