It “blew up.” This was how Celtics coach Brad Stevens described what happened to Kelly Olynyk’s left eye.
Olynyk scored a team-high 19 points, helping carry the Celtics to a crucial 100-87 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, all while looking like a boxer that just went 12 rounds in a prize fight.
The seven-footer suffered a gruesome black eye during Boston’s shootaround on Wednesday morning, thanks to an accidental elbow from teammate Shavlik Randolph.
“We were doing our normal pregame drills. We were playing 1-on-1,” Randolph explained. “He got me on a pump fake and just jumped into my arm. I’m surprised he got up. He got hit pretty hard.”
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Olynyk’s face backs up Randolph’s assessment of the blow. Hours later, several players in the Celtics locker room couldn’t bear to look at the big man as he sported a welt the size of a golf ball over his left eye. The team declared him as doubtful to play in the matchup prior to tip, but after some pregame shooting, the second-year center declared himself good to go.
“I told him he looked like Rocky from right before Rocky asked Mickey to cut him,” Randolph declared. “I’m being dead serious. That’s literally how he looked. It was pretty bad. He took it like a man. He got up. I mean, if you didn’t see the golf ball in his eye, you would have thought nothing happened to him.”
Olynyk was 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range, helping the Celtics win their second straight game.