The Celtics got a little bit healthier today when rookie Kelly Olynyk was declared healed enough to play after missing 10 games with a sprained right ankle. He will take Kris Humphries minutes because the veteran big man will miss another game with a sore left knee. The Celtics beat up on the Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, a wire-to-wire win that caused shock waves around New York and boiled the hot seat on coach Mike Woodson.
Since then the Knicks lost to the Cavaliers and beaten the Bulls in an ugly game but they say they are motivated to atone for that 41-point defeat.
BOSTON CELTICS (10-14)
PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Jared Sullinger
Inactives: Rajon Rondo
NEW YORK KNICKS (6-15)
PG Pablo Prigioni
SG Iman Shumpert
SF Carmelo Anthony
PF Kenyon Martin
C Andrea Bargnani
Inactives: Tyson Chandler, Chris Smith
Officials: Mike Callahan, Eric Dalen, Josh Tiven
TV, radio: 7:30, Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ 98.5 FM).
• Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Olynyk will come off the bench and will get his share of minutes. Stevens also said Humphries is likely to play Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
• As for the Knicks, Raymond Felton is out with a strained left hamstring and Prigioni, who started a chunk of games last season, will return to the starting lineup. Iman Shumpert suffered a bruised left knee in the victory over Chicago but worked out well enough to be cleared to play tonight. He will start.
• Amar’e Stoudemire, still trying to return to form after missing most of the past two years with knee issues, is averaging 14.3 points in his past three games.
• Stevens said he has not been pleased with the production of the bench of late but will use more combinations and give the reserves more time on the court to get comfortable.