Injury won't keep Olynyk from playing for Canada next week

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Injury won't keep Olynyk from playing for Canada next week

BOSTON – Kelly Olynyk's left knee injury will not prevent him from playing in the Olympic qualifying tournament for Team Canada next week, according to the Toronto Sun.

Team Canada coach Jay Triano told the newspaper that Olynyk, injured on Sunday in an exhibition game against Argentina, “will be fine” for next week’s FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico City.

And that news bodes well for the 7-footer being ready to go for the Celtics when they open camp next month.

Olynyk is part of a Celtics roster that’s deeper than usual in the frontcourt.

Along with Olynyk, Boston returns 6-9 Jared Sullinger and 7-0 Tyler Zeller along with the re-signing of 6-8 Jonas Jerebko. In addition, the Celtics added a pair of 6-9 big men in Amir Johnson via free agency and David Lee (from Golden State) via trade. Boston’s frontcourt will also be strengthened by the addition of second-round pick Jordan Mickey who was the Celtics’ best players during summer league play.

Olynyk, heading into his third NBA season, is eager to build off last season when he averaged 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while averaging 22.3 minutes per game.

Maxwell: Celtics weren’t ready to play at that level

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Maxwell: Celtics weren’t ready to play at that level

Cedric Maxwell joined Arbella Early Edition to analyze the biggest takeaway from the Celtics-Hawks series.

But you also have to wonder if the Celtics could have interest in signing Kent Bazemore or Al Horford, both free agents for the Hawks.

Dickerson: Celtics loss ‘leaves a bad taste in my mouth’

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Dickerson: Celtics loss ‘leaves a bad taste in my mouth’

Greg Dickerson and Dalen Cuff discuss the Celtics loss in Game 6 to the Atlanta Hawks. Dickerson believes the team took a small step forward, but the loss left him with a bad taste in his mouth.