Olynyk remains focused while sidelined

Olynyk remains focused while sidelined
December 7, 2013, 8:00 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass — Kelly Olynyk is with the Boston Celtics during their two-game road trip through the boroughs of New York City, with an outside shot of returning to the floor against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Head coach Brad Stevens has already ruled Olynyk out for Sunday's game against New York.

"I've been told we were going to try and work him out pretty good (Sunday)," Stevens said. "Hopefully get a practice in Monday if we can."

Depending on how that goes will determine if Olynyk returns to action after missing the last seven games with a sprained right ankle.

"He (Olynyk) told me he's feeling better," Stevens said. "I don't know exactly what that means, but I know he's not playing (against New York on Sunday)."

Olynyk said on Saturday that his ankle injury is getting better, but acknowledged he can't go all out in terms of sprinting or jumping in a manner he's accustomed to.

Aside from his redshirt year while at Gonzaga, Olynyk hasn't been sidelined this long since suffering a left shoulder injury when he was a high school quarterback.

Although he's not playing, Olynyk is doing what he can to remain engaged.

"You can't let your mind take a vacation even if your body can't physically be out there," Olynyk said. "You have to still be dialed in, learning, growing and being a great teammate."

Olynyk's sprained ankle injury occurred on Nov. 22 against Indiana. For the season, Olynyk has appeared in 14 games, averaging 7.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.