The two players on the roster least likely to be traded are reportedly guard
In his end-of-season meeting with the media,
Olynyk pulled on Love's arm while going for a loose ball, separating Love's shoulder and putting him out for four-to-six months.
"I think that's a little bit over the top," Ainge said when asked if he thought Olynyk's actions were intentiona, per the Boston Globe. "I feel bad for Kevin Love."
"I thought it was just a foul," he added. "Two guys going for a loose ball."
Olynyk averaged 10.2 points and 4.7 rebounds last season while battling a variety of injuries.
"I think I had stretches where I was playing well and doing a lot of different things on the floor, whether passing or creating shots, shooting or getting to the rim," Olynyk said. "And then I had other games where I wasn't as good, not the same aggressiveness."
The NBA has suspended
Smith punch forward Jae Crowder in the head while jumping up for a rebound and was immediately ejected. Crowder landed awkwardly on his leg and was later diagnosed with an ACL sprain. He will miss the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Smith is averaging 9.8 points per game this postseason.
Olynyk grabbed forward Kevin Love's arm while fighting for a loose ball, dislocating his shoulder. He will serve his suspension to begin the 2015-2016 season.
"I thought it was a bush league play," Love said. "Olynyk was in a compromising position, had no chance to get the ball and it’s just too bad that he would go to those lengths to take somebody out of the game and do that to someone. I have no doubt in my mind that he did that on purpose."
Olynyk's opinion of what happened on the first-quarter play was in stark contrast to Love's words.
"That’s ridiculous," Olynyk said after Sunday's game. "I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league."
Love is set to undergo an MRI Monday but is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks, which could keep him sidelined through the team's second-round matchup if not longer.
"I was definitely surprised (by what Love said)," Olynyk said. "In basketball, I don’t think anyone is trying to hurt anyone. For (Love), it’s very unfortunate. I know they’re trying to make a run right now."
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