Olynyk suffered -- and further aggravated -- the toe injury on the team's four-game West Coast trip after the All-Star break. The team initially feared the toe was broken, but breathed a sigh of relief to find out it was a sprain. Olynyk spent last week in a walking boot and returned to practice Tuesday.
"He went through practice [Tuesday] -- we practiced hard -- and he was reevaluated [Wednesday] morning and everything was great," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I got the thumbs up and, after I get the thumbs up, I’m not asking many questions."
With Olynyk back, the injury-plagued Celtics have 11 available bodies.
The Celtics will stick with their recent starting five of Rajon Rondo, Jerryd Bayless, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries. Both Olynyk and Jared Sullinger, who returned Saturday from a concussion, will come off the bench.
Starting shooting guard Avery Bradley, who has missed 14 of the team's past 17 games, received an MRI on his right ankle on Wednesday as part of a reevaluation, but declined to chat with reporters before the game. Stevens said he had no further update on Bradley's condition, but had noted Tuesday that Bradley expressed to him that he was feeling better and progressing toward a return.
Jordan Crawford is back in Boston for the first time since being traded to the Warriors in January as part of a three-team swap.
Reflecting on his time here, Crawford noted, "It was home for a minute. The first time I got to play a lot of minutes. I got to have ups, I had downs, and how you adjust to playing bad, how to get back. So it was a lot of positives."
Asked if this was the first stop on his NBA journey where a team showed belief in him, Crawford said, "Yeah, that’s probably the hardest part of leaving because it really did feel like home a little bit, even though I was only here for less than a year."