Kelly Olynyk returns to Heat practice, but left shoulder still not 100 percent. Will Olynyk play Tuesday vs. 76ers?

Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

MIAMI — There’s good news and there’s bad news when it comes to Kelly Olynyk’s strained left shoulder.

The good news is Olynyk went through his first full 5-on-5 practice Monday since suffering the injury in the Heat’s loss to the Magic on Feb. 5. The bad news is there’s still some discomfort in the big man’s shoulder and he’s unsure if he’ll be able to play in Tuesday’s home game against the 76ers.

“It’s fun to get back into it, just tested it out, try a little stuff here and there,” Olynyk said after participating in Monday’s practice. “But it felt pretty good. Obviously, still, I’m not 100 percent to where it was, but it’s on its way. … [The left shoulder] just doesn’t feel like my right shoulder. So, if you know that, then you know it’s not the same.”

Coach Erik Spoelstra was also non-committal about Olynyk’s availability for Tuesday’s contest against Philadelphia. Olynyk is listed as questionable.

“We will have to see. I don’t have a timetable still,” Spoelstra said. “It wasn’t a training camp practice. There was a little bit of contact, He was able to participate in that. We’ll have to see how he feels, how he responds tomorrow, and take the next step.

“It was an encouraging sign this morning that [athletic trainer Jay Sabol] said he has the green light to go. I said OK.  And then we’ll go to the next step and see if has the green light to go to shootaround tomorrow and take the next step after that.”

Olynyk has missed six consecutive games with the injury, a span that included the week-long All-Star break. The Heat are 2-4 in his absence, as they cling to the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

“Real tough, real tough,” Olynyk said when asked how difficult it is to miss games during a playoff race. “You want to be out there helping your team. It’s easier if we’re winning. You can sit out all day if your winning. But when we’re not, you definitely want to be like, ‘I could have been out there, doing one or two things, maybe flip that scoreboard.'”

Despite the lingering pain, Olynyk said he is confident he will return at some point this week, with the Heat hosting the Lakers on Thursday and the Pistons on Saturday.

“It all depends on how it responds and how it takes contact and how it takes physical exertion, really,” he said. “But definitely that looks right.”

In addition to Olynyk, Heat wing player Rodney McGruder is also inching closer to his return. McGruder, who has not played yet this season after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left leg in October, is scheduled to complete his two-game rehab stint in the G League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Monday.

In his first game of the rehab stint Saturday, McGruder scored 16 points in Sioux Falls’ 123-113 victory over the South Bay Lakers in El Segundo, Calif. McGruder has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the 76ers, but he could make his return Thursday against the Lakers.

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