- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Boston Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk went through the team's light offday workout on Monday at Baruch College and said there's a chance he'll be able to return to action during Tuesday's tilt with the Brooklyn Nets.
Olynyk suffered a sprained right ankle against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 23 and has missed Boston's last eight games, a stretch in which the team is 6-2 while surging to the top of the Atlantic Division. The Celtics went through some halfcourt work and shooting drills during practice on Monday and Olynyk said he'd have to wait to see how the ankle responds to gauge his availability.
"There might be a chance [to play versus Brooklyn]," said Olynyk. "It depends on how I feel, how [the ankle] reacts to this [workout], how the warm-up goes [before Tuesday's game]. It’s still a little bit tough to go 100 percent, max jump. We’ll see how it goes."
Olynyk said he doesn't have much problem with straight-line running, but it's jumping and cutting that are the concern at the moment.
"It's getting better, still al title bit of pain, a little bit of restrictions," said Olynyk. "But better than yesterday, better than the day before. Trending well, I guess you could say."
Celtics coach Brad Stevens was taking a wait-and-see approach with Olynyk as well.
"Kelly was back full at practice today, but we didn’t do anything live, so it’s hard to say," said Stevens. "I haven’t gotten the clear thumbs up yet from our trainers. I would say that he’s, at worst, questionable for [Tuesday's game]."
Asked how Olynyk looked on the court, Stevens quipped, "He looked like everybody else," then added, "Nothing looked out of place, but again, it’s different when you get into a stance and you play laterally and do all that stuff."
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