Celtics coach Brad Stevens wants rookie Kelly Olynyk to be more aggressive, adding "He's got to become a stretch [power forward] that is a really hard matchup."
Olynyk shot just 1-of-9 from the field on Tuesday, but in the three games prior to that he'd averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in just 21 minutes per game. The Celtics continue to start veteran Kris Humphries at center, with Olynyk and Jared Sullinger coming off the bench, but a shift toward player development is likely over the season's final weeks. Keep a close eye on Olynyk.
Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) said that he expects to play vs. Miami on Wednesday.
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His return would be great news for the short-handed Nets, as they look to slow down LeBron James and company, but fantasy owners shouldn't be rushing to claim him off the waiver wire. He hasn't scored double-digit points in a game since Feb. 23, though his trickle of defensive stats may still give him targeted appeal in deep leagues.
Kevin Garnett won't play on Wednesday and he's expected to also sit out Saturday's game in D.C., according to coach Jason Kidd.
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Kidd left open the possibility that KG will return vs. the Suns on Monday, but the fact that he's already ruling him out for Saturday's game doesn't bode well. Mason Plumlee will continue to start at center with Andray Blatche as his primary backup.