BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics will not have Al Horford or Jae Crowder Wednesday night when they look to bounce back against the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital, but they may get one of their walking wounded back.
Kelly Olynyk expects to make his season debut on Wednesday after missing the first six games of the season as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery.READ MORE: Local Researchers Test COVID Samples To Determine Prevalence Of Omicron Variant In Massachusetts
Olynyk was one of Boston’s better shooters last season, hitting 40.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He finished the year averaging 10 points and 4.1 rebounds over 69 regular season games, and his return should help stretch the floor for Boston’s second unit.
The long-haired, stretch-four initially injured his shoulder last February in an overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers, causing him to miss the next 14 games. Olynyk played the rest of the regular season but aggravated the shoulder in Game 1 of Boston’s playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. After missing Games 2 and 3 of the series, he was limited to just a total of 19 minutes in Games 4, 5 and 6. He underwent surgery on the shoulder in May, with a return expected by mid-November.READ MORE: Amid Concerns Over Omicron COVID Variant, CDC Says All Vaccinated Adults Should Get Booster Shots
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Entering his fourth season with the Celtics, Olynyk has averaged 9.6 points per game while hitting 47 percent of his shots from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range.MORE NEWS: Omicron Variant: Dr. Mallika Marshall Explains What's Known And What's Not
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