The Boston Celtics were already in serious trouble on the injury front after the announcement that guard Avery Bradley would likely miss the rest of the team's series against the Atlanta Hawks. Now, Brad Stevens is facing another potential absence, as versatile big man Kelly Olynyk is questionable for Game 2 with a right shoulder ailment.
Olynyk said he'll see how shootaround goes before deciding whether to play tonight in Game 2.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 19, 2016
Olynyk played only 12 minutes in Game 1 and was generally a non-factor, but with Bradley on the shelf, his skill level and shooting ability could be vital for Boston. The Celtics are facing a rotation decision to either go bigger with more minutes for the likes of Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and even Jared Sullinger, but with another big man on the injury report, Boston could be forced to turn to more perimeter play in the form of R.J. Hunter or even Terry Rozier.
To that end, Brad Stevens has yet to decide on a starting lineup for Game 2:
Has Stevens made his mind up about fifth starter? "No. It's down to a few."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 19, 2016
A somewhat educated guess would likely lean toward Evan Turner or Marcus Smart simply taking Bradley's place alongside Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder on the perimeter. However, Stevens may be forced to get creative in a hurry. We will update this situation as the day unfolds.