The Celtics return home after a winless road trip to face the shorthanded Hawks. The problem is, the Celtics are equally as shorthanded. Coach Brad Stevens announced that Kelly Olynyk, who had played well of late, would miss the next two games with a sprained toe sustained against the Sacramento Kings. The team feared it was broken but X-rays were negative.
Jared Sullinger is out with a concussion although he is improving. Sullinger also will miss Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. Stevens said Avery Bradley is improving but he won’t be back until next Wednesday against Golden State at the earliest.
BOSTON CELTICS (19-39)
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Jerryd Bayless
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Kris Humphries
Inactives: Keith Bogans, Vitor Faverani, Avery Bradley
ATLANTA HAWKS (26-30)
PG Jeff Teague
SG Shelvin Mack
SF Kyle Korver
PF DeMarre Carroll
C Elton Brand
Inactives: Pero Antic, John Jenkins, Al Horford
Officials: Bill Spooner, Eric Lewis, JT Orr
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)
• Brad Stevens was asked about Rajon Rondo missing Saturday’s game against Sacramento to attend his birthday party. He said he had a discussion with Rondo before and after the team returned to Boston and is “moving forward.” Rondo did not speak before the game.
• Stevens said he has had brief conversations with Danny Ainge about making another roster addition with the team being so shorthanded. But he said there has been nothing more than conversations.
• The Hawks will be without All-Star Paul Millsap because of a right knee contusion. He missed the past two games with the injury. Pero Antic (stress fracture, right ankle) and Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery) are out.
• The Celtics are expected to practice the next two days before taking on the revamped Indiana Pacers on Saturday.