BOSTON (CBS) – Injuries in hockey are often times as closely guarded as nuclear launch codes, which made Wednesday night’s revelation all the more fascinating.
Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk had a massive swelling on his left eye during last night’s 100-87 win against Indiana, an injury that came as a result of a Shavlik Randolph elbow during pregame shootaround.
But Olynyk soldiered on and played great, scoring 19 points in the contest.
When asked after the game by reporters if he ever thought about taking the night off, he said this:
“Yeah, but I remember two days ago I was talking to Dougie Hamilton. I was texting Dougie Hamilton, and he told me that he broke his ribs and he was trying to come back before the playoffs. And I was like, ‘Man, I can’t sit out. He’s going to rip me.'”
Hamilton, who is tied for third in points for the Bruins, has missed the last five games after being injured in Boston’s shootout loss to Florida on March 21. The Bruins have not revealed the extent of the injury, merely saying he is “out indefinitely” with the undisclosed ailment.
Olynyk may be getting a call from Bruins head coach Claude Julien this morning.
On Thursday, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand discussed Olynyk’s verbal misfire.