Celtics without Kelly Olynyk; center seeks 2nd opinion on injury

SALT LAKE CITY -- Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk did not accompany the team to Utah for the team's first practice after the All-Star break on Wednesday night and instead will have his injured right shoulder re-evaluated on Thursday.

Olynyk suffered what the team termed a bruised right shoulder when he was fouled by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in the first half of last Wednesday's overtime victory.

Both Olynyk and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had said in the immediate aftermath that they expected Olynyk to be ready for Wednesday's practice, but Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that Olynyk remains sore and will head to Los Angeles to be re-examined.

"Kelly is getting a second opinion on his shoulder," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "Still very sore. Definitely out this weekend. And we'll see what the second opinion says."

The Celtics resume play Friday night by starting a three-game road trip against the Jazz, then play Sunday in Denver and Monday in Minnesota.

"I've been in contact with Kelly with how he feels, but not in the diagnosis," Stevens said. "He's very sore, so that's why he's seeking a second opinion. What we saw was a bruise, last Wednesday or whatever it was, and we'll see and go from there."

Olynyk, a floor-stretching big man in his third season, has been a key player off the Boston bench during the Celtics' recent stretch of winning 10 of their last 12 games.

Olynyk owns a team-best net rating of plus-19.2 points per 100 possessions while on the court in the last 12 games. He also has team-best ratings on both sides of the ball -- 112.9 offensive, 93.7 defensive -- during that stretch.

For the season, Olynyk is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists over 20.3 minutes per game.