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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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Kelly Olynyk injures knee playing for Team Canada 08.24.15 at 12:57 pm ET
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Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk, playing for the Canadian national team in the Tuto Marchand Cup, left Sunday’s game after being hit on the left knee while setting a pick against Argentina.

According to the Toronto Sun, “Canada got a major scare when starter Kelly Olynyk, of the Boston Celtics, went down in a heap clutching his left knee after getting run over by an opponent who had no desire to fight through the screen the Canadian was setting.
Olynyk limped off and went briefly to the back, but returned to the bench quickly, sitting out the rest of the game.”

The team did not provide an immediate update on Olynyk’s condition.

Olynyk had played 15 minutes, recording eight points and three rebounds, in Canada’s 85-80 victory. The tournament is a lead-up to next week’s FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament.

Olynyk averaged 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks last season, his second in the NBA.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 18. Hello, Kelly Olynyk 08.14.15 at 11:50 am ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 18 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

June 27, 2013: Hello, Kelly Olynyk.

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Report: Kelly Olynyk wants to apologize to Kevin Love, but Love won’t take his calls 05.08.15 at 12:04 pm ET
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Kelly Olynyk gets entangled with Kevin Love in Game 4 Sunday afternoon. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Kelly Olynyk received a one-game suspension for injuring Kevin Love on this play. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

According to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk has made efforts to reach out to Kevin Love in an attempt to personally apologize for the injury that knocked the Cavaliers forward out for the rest of the playoffs.

Olynyk pulled on Love’s arm while the two were chasing a loose ball during Game 4 of the teams’ first-round series, leaving Love with a separated shoulder and an expected six months of recovery time following surgery.

After the game, Love called the play “bush league,” although Olynyk has insisted that he did not mean any harm.

Olynyk later received a one-game suspension from the NBA.

Love, who could elect to become a free agent this offseason, has been missed in Cleveland, although he was criticized during the year for not living up to preseason expectations. Now, with the Cavs splitting the first two games of their conference semifinal series with the Bulls, Love’s absence is being lamented.

“It’s so unfortunate that [the appreciation] has to come when he goes down,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt told Yahoo. “Kevin, in his own way, sacrificed the most this season, but still gave us a high-level performance. And he needs to be appreciated for that. And going forward, hopefully, he’s going to have a long career here.”

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