Olynyk didn't return to action after suffering the injury and finished with 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 4 of 5 shooting from 3-point range, in 22 minutes off the bench. Game 1 against the Cavaliers is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, so Olynyk has a few days to recover before playoff season kicks off.
''He felt OK,'' coach Brad Stevens said after the game, per the Associated Press. ''It was more of a vision thing; how well could he see? He was saying he could see pretty well and the doctors felt pretty good about him playing. They stitched him up. I think it looked a little worse than it felt. I think that's an obvious statement.''
Olynyk added two rebounds and two assists to his totals. It was his third straight game scoring in double figures.
Olynyk, who is averaging 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, hasn't missed a game since coming back from an ankle injury last month.
The Celtics are currently 4-point favorites.
In contention for the seventh and eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the
"We've had that discussion almost every day," Stevens said.
But his relucatance to change the starting five is due to the strong bench play from forward
"The first six minutes of a 48-minute game are the first six minutes," Stevens said. "You want to start as well as you can, but you also want to create rotations that you like. If your second unit's really playing at a high level, then you have to factor that in - that if you mix it up, your second unit might not play at a high level."
After struggling through a few contests, center
Olynyk racked up 18 points against the Nets, this after scoring just 27 points in his last five contests. In four of those games, Olynyk scored four points or less.
"Any time you're struggling, you just need to see a couple things go in or a couple things go your way, just to get back on track," he said. "It's not that you lose (confidence). It's just a hiatus, maybe."
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