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Kelly Olynyk misses 11th straight game, Jared Sullinger (skin infection) good to go 03.11.16 at 7:10 pm ET
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Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (L) and center Kelly Olynyk (41) are searching for best return path. (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports)

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (L) and center Kelly Olynyk (41) are searching for best return path. (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports)

The status remains the same on Kelly Olynyk. 

The 7-foot sharp-shooter was ruled out Friday night before the Celtics took the court against the Rockets, the 11th straight game he’s missed since partially separating his right shoulder in the first half against the Clippers on Feb. 10. 

“[He’s] not playing. We didn’t do anything today,” Stevens said before Friday’s game. “I’m assuming he’ll just stay on the same path of progress and feel better and better as he move towards next week’s games.”

The Celtics play four of their next five on the road, visiting Indiana next Tuesday before coming home to play the Thunder on Wednesday at the Garden. They will head on the road to play in Toronto next Friday and in Philadelphia on March 20. 

As for Jared Sullinger and his skin infection that had him wearing a wrap around his stomach against Memphis, Stevens said he was again ready to go. Sullinger hasn’t missed any game action but hasn’t taken part in the team’s practice on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Stevens said the team didn’t want Sullinger to “overdo it” in practice and re-hydrate after the events earlier in the week. 

“He looks to me like he’s got a different bounce,” Stevens said pre-game Friday. “We did a little jog-through and he looked good.”

Sullinger was limited to just 12 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes against Memphis, as his stomach wrap had to be re-applied. In his nine previous games, Sullinger was averaging 12.4 points and 10.6 rebounds, including five double-doubles. 

 

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Kelly Olynyk on his injured right shoulder: ‘Same story, different day’ 03.10.16 at 3:45 pm ET
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WALTHAM — The news doesn’t seem to be getting any more optimistic for Kelly Olynyk and his partially separated right shoulder. 

Olynyk, who was termed a ‘50-50‘ proposition on Tuesday to play against Memphis, didn’t take part in any contact drills Thursday, in part because the team held a light workout and in part because he couldn’t handle it if they did. 

“Same story, different day,” Olynyk said of the continuing stiffness in his shoulder that is allowing him to shoot but not much else. “It’s just that you do what you can do at the level you want to do it. It’s still a little bit restricting. Not where it needs to be in terms of basketball movements to the level where it’s comfortable.”

“Kelly went through practice,” Stevens said Thursday. “We didn’t go any contact, so it wasn’t like it was a big deal to judge from that, but I would say that he is still in the same boat as [Wednesday].”

Since the Feb. 10 injury against the Clippers, the Celtics have managed a 7-3 record without him. 

“It’s definitely easier when they’re playing well and playing together,” Olynyk said. “It’s tough when they lose and you really want to be out there to make a difference.”

Olynyk said earlier in the week, when he was cleared to return to full practice, that he could shoot but couldn’t do much more. On Tuesday he took some contact in practice but Wednesday, he was not cleared for game action and was inactive. Olynyk said he doesn’t want to go on the court and not be able to do what the team needs from him. 

“It’s not really one-dimensional. If you have no dimensions then you’re just filling space, really,” Olynyk added. 

And his jump shot? 

“That’s feeling alright. It’s when you try to lean on people, hold people off, get into different positions, rebound the basketball,” Olynyk said. “Your shot is straight forward, up and down, instead of across your body.

“It’s more just getting out there. [Bryan Doo] and the trainers have done it for a long time. B-Doo is working on strengthening, and the trainers are working on keeping everything loose.”

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Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) ’50-50′ for Wednesday 03.08.16 at 4:58 pm ET
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WALTHAM – It’s wait-and-see time for Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics.

The 7-footer who’s been out since injuring his right shoulder in the second quarter of the Feb. 10 game against the Clippers went through practice Tuesday and was cleared for contact.

“Kelly did everything in practice, will probably do a little bit more with the young guys, we’ll reevaluate [Wednesday],” Brad Stevens said after practice Tuesday. “He’s day-to-day. I just asked him how he was doing and he said he was a little bit tentative. He didn’t play that way. He played five-on-five and did all of that stuff, and that was encouraging.

“I would say based on [practice], it would be 50-50, questionable, that he goes [Wednesday].”

Stevens said that if cleared, sitting out four weeks won’t affect Olynyk.

“Other than the shoulder, sure,” Stevens said. “He takes pretty good care of himself, takes care of his body, pretty diligent in that regard. Anytime you haven’t played in a few weeks that first wind might hit you. He shouldn’t have a problem.”

Olynyk admitted that he’s still sore after taking some contact in practice.

“It’s still not quite there, so we’ll see where it is. It’s all right. It’s still sore, a little discomfort, but it’s good to get back out there,” said Olynyk, who just shot around on Monday. “It’s still sore. There’s discomfort and pain, so obviously I’m a little tentative. I don’t feel like I’m at full strength or at full motion.

“The conditioning wasn’t bad. [Bryan Doo] kept me in pretty good shape. I’ve been riding the bike non-stop, treadmill stuff, swimming. I don’t think that’s too big of an issue. Obviously basketball is a different kind of conditioning and game conditioning is a little bit different, but you’ll get that back pretty quick.

“It’s good to feel what it can take and where it’s at. Hopefully keep improving. I don’t want any setbacks or anything like that. Keep going at the right level.”

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Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) returns to practice ‘still a little stiff and sore’ 03.07.16 at 2:49 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Kelly Olynyk was just happy to be back on the practice court Monday with his teammates. 

At what Brad Stevens termed essentially just a shoot-around with some 3-on-3 and skill work, Olynyk returned and did some shooting of his own to test the shoulder that was injured in the first half of the game against the Clippers on Feb. 10 at TD Garden.

“Just some skill work, just to test things out and see where I’m at,” Olynyk said. “Feel all right. Still a little stiff and sore, not back to where it was before but it’s definitely on the right path. Just trying to keep my conditioning up, get in the weight room, just strengthening it. A little bit of [shooting]. The shot feels all right. It’s more the quick movements and crossing, jumping up and grabbing the ball, stretch, that kind of stuff.”

Being ready for Wednesday against Memphis seems to be a stretch at this point.

“We’ll see it how it goes,” Olynyk said. “It’s a little sore, a little stiff. I’d say it’s still not exactly where I want it to be yet but it’s definitely on the right path so we’ll see how it responds.”

The plan now is to let the shoulder respond and keep in touch with trainer Ed Lacerte and team doctor Brian McKeon. 

“Talked to Ed, talked to Doc and come up with some [plan]. Just want to make sure it’s good enough where it’s not at risk of doing it again. Didn’t get evaluating yet. Had to go through this workout first and then see where we’re at.

“I didn’t do any contact stuff [Monday]. It was more skill work at my own pace. Super excited to get back. It’s tough watching them out there. You want to be out there with him, helping them out. It’s easy if they’re winning. It’s tough if we’re losing then you really want to get out there and see if you can make a difference.”

Stevens watched as Olynyk went through the drills on Monday.

“Same. Kind of day-to-day now,” Stevens said. “See how Kelly feels [Tuesday]. I’m sure he said that as well. And I’ve only talked to them real briefly after we just did a shootaround. So we didn’t do a whole lot. But he shot the ball in. He seemed to feel more comfortable with extending his range as the day went on. So we’ll see.”

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Celtics hope Kelly Olynyk can ‘up his activity’ next week 03.02.16 at 9:17 pm ET
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Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) has been Boston's best 3-point shooter this season. (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports)

Celtics center Kelly Olynyk has been Boston’s best 3-point shooter this season. (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports)

The waiting game continues for Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics.

The 7-foot stretch forward/center who injured his right shoulder in the final game before the All-Star break against the Clippers is still in a holding pattern, as is the team, something coach Brad Stevens indicated before Wednesday’s game against the Blazers.

“Last that I’ve heard is we’ll be re-visiting that on Monday with a chance that he’ll up his activity Monday, whatever that means,” Stevens said.

Immediately after the trade deadline on Feb. 18, C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge indicated that tests on Olynyk’s shoulder revealed no serious damage and no need for surgery.

He suggested Olynyk, diagnosed with a bruised shoulder, would be out a minimum of two weeks.

With Olynyk, who traveled with the team on their 3-game road swing, not returning to basketball activities yet, that estimate appears to be overly optimistic.

The timing was very unfortunate for Olynyk and the Celtics. Before injuring the shoulder in the first half of the Feb. 10 game at the Garden, Olynyk had become a key part of the Celtics offense, pulling the opposing big out from the post with his 3-point shooting. Olynyk was leading the C’s in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 41.3 percent of his attempts.

But the flip side of that, of course, is that it forced the Celtics to find other options in their offense, something they’ve done well since returning home from the 1-2 trip through Utah, Denver and Minnesota. 

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Danny Ainge believes Kelly Olynyk likely out 2 weeks, will not need surgery 02.18.16 at 5:02 pm ET
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Kelly Olynyk speaks at Celtics media day in Waltham. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Kelly Olynyk speaks at Celtics media day in Waltham. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

There’s good news and bad news on Kelly Olynyk.

The Celtics forward will be out of action at least two week following the All-Star break with a right shoulder injury suffered in the first half of the last game before the break against the Clippers.

But Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a conference call Thursday that he doesn’t think surgery will be needed.

“Kelly was in L.A. and saw a doctor there,” Ainge said. “Him and Dr. [Brian] McKeon and the L.A. doctor and [Celtics trainer] Eddie Lacerte are trying to figure out exactly what the right protocol and treatment is. It’s still sore. He received treatment throughout the All-Star break in Canada from his trainer there.

“He definitely won’t be playing for the next couple of weeks, but we’re not sure. Right now, it’s still sore and bothering him. We don’t need any surgery or any long-term cures for him. But right now, it’s a short-term ailment that will keep him on the sidelines for, I’m guessing, two weeks. That’s just what I think. We’ll see, though.”

Olynyk is averaging 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds this season in 54 games with the Celtics. He started off the season as one of the five starters but has found his place coming off the bench in 17 of the last 18 games for the Celtics.

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With international play behind him, Kelly Olynyk looks for bigger leadership role on Celtics 09.29.15 at 12:18 pm ET
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Kelly Olynyk speaks at Celtics media day in Waltham before taking off for Europe. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Kelly Olynyk speaks at Celtics media day in Waltham before taking off for Europe. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

WALTHAM — Kelly Olynyk had quite the summer as he tried to get himself ready for the 2015-16 season with the Celtics.

The third-year big man out of Gonzaga starred for his home country Team Canada in the both the Tuto Marchand Cup (a preliminary to the FIBA Olympic qualifying tourney) and the FIBA tourney itself. Olynyk had 34 points and 13 rebounds in a 79-78 loss to Venezuela in the semifinals of the Olympic tourney, outshining fellow Canadiens Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett (both young stars for Minnesota). Had Canada won, they would have directly qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, along with the U.S., Argentina and Venezuela.

Instead, Canada must now qualify in the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. A lot was at stake but Olynyk looks at the loss as good experience, from a team and personal standpoint.

“It was definitely a tough game, especially for us,” Olynyk said. “We had gotten better every game as a team. We played so well, really night-in and night-out pretty much dominated that tournament. So it’s really a tough break for us to go out like that. Credit to Venezuela. They played a great game. They played tough, they played strong. They made shots. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the only game we didn’t make very many shots. They showed up and played and then they went back to back night and beat Argentina. It was something pretty special for them. Right now, we’ve got another chance next summer and we’ve got to look forward to that and make sure we’re ready to play.”

Olynyk averaged 11.5 points a game in 10 games in the FIBA Americas championship. There was a scary moment when he dinged his left knee in an 85-80 win over Argentina on Aug. 23 in the Marchand Cup in Puerto Rico. But Olynyk bounced back quickly and was able to play at full strength in the Olympic qualifying tourney, which involved playing 10 games in 12 days in Mexico City.

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