National Basketball Association

Heat F Olynyk avoids serious knee injury in fall

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk was diagnosed with a bruised right knee after slipping on a wet floor during Canada’s exhibition game against Nigeria in Toronto on Wednesday night.

The injury was initially feared to be more serious, but X-rays were negative, Sportsnet reported Thursday.

Olynyk was helped to his feet by one of his opponents, but fell back to the floor as he attempted to walk off the injury.

The 28-year-old 7-footer is expected to be sidelined at least a week, but said he still plans to compete in the FIBA World Cup starting Aug. 31.

Olynyk is entering the third season of his four-year, $50 million deal with the Heat. He averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 79 games (36 starts) last season.

–Field Level Media

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