One of the more critical objectives for the Celtics this season was to allow rookie Kelly Olynyk plenty of opportunity to grow and develop, considering he could become one of the team’s cornerstones. That process will be derailed for a while as coach Brad Stevens said Olynyk could miss “a couple of weeks” with a sprained right ankle.
Olynyk, who had started six of the past eight games, was injured in a collision with Indiana’s Luis Scola during the first half of Boston’s 97-82 loss on Friday. Olynyk was ruled out for the rest of the game and was using crutches afterward. He did not make the trip with the Celtics to Atlanta for Saturday night’s game and Stevens said he won’t be back soon.