The Celtics got back to work on Wednesday in Sacramento.SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Boston Celtics second-year big man Kelly Olynyk did not practice Wednesday as his teammates reconvened in Sacramento after an extended All-Star break, and coach Brad Stevens suggested he's "very unlikely" for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.
Olynyk wasn't with the Celtics as they returned to the floor after a six-day break, as his flight from his native Canada had been delayed by weather woes. Olynyk was expected to arrive on Wednesday evening, but Stevens wasn't optimistic that he'd be healthy enough to dive back into basketball activities.
Olynyk has missed 11 straight games due to a sprained right ankle.
"Kelly would not have been able to practice today," said Stevens. "But his flight got cancelled coming from northern Canada where he lives. ... [Team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] had talked to him and they had kept in touch, day by day, over the break and Kelly didn’t feel comfortable enough that he was going to be ready to practice [Wednesday]. He’s not practicing [Wednesday], probably not practicing [Thursday], I’m guessing, and I’d say very unlikely on Friday."
Without Olynyk, and even with the trade deadline approaching, it was business as usual. Brandon Bass was still wearing starter green as the team launched into conditioning drills to open the evening practice.
Stevens' son, Brady, who had accompanied his father to Nebraska earlier this week where they watched Butler University win a nail-biter against Creighton, was on the court -- in game shorts, no less -- getting up shots with Boston players before practice. ... Stevens used the break to examine some game film, especially games near the end of the break, but said he allowed himself to hit the refresh button as well. "It was good. ... I'm glad to be back at work, that’s for sure." ... Bass on Boston's potential to make a playoff push after the deadline: "I think we’ve just been building something all year. We’ve kinda jelled on both ends of the court. And I think if we continue to do that, we’ll put ourselves in a good position down the stretch."