With a variety of ailments hindering Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics fans may have missed the most significant injury of all.
First reported by Yahoo!’s Shams Charania, and confirmed by Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Celtics reserve big man Daniel Theis will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Sources: Celtics center Daniel Theis has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery. Theis emerged as an important reserve for Boston this season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2018
While Horford, Irving and Brown are all significantly more important players, they should all return to full health before playoff time. Theis will not be so lucky.
Theis played 19 minutes against the Indiana Pacers last night, but was seen with a limp after the game and reporters were told he was going to get a MRI done Monday. The result was unfortunate.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) March 12, 2018
The rookie was a big score for GM Danny Ainge over the offseason. Theis was a relative unknown who worked his way into a key bench contributor for the Celtics this season. He averaged nearly 15 minutes a night over 63 games, including three starts. The 25-year-old German contributed 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Theis was only improving as well. In February, he averaged nearly 20 minutes a game and scored 7.4 points to go with five rebounds.
Luckily, the Celtics went out and got Greg Monroe not long ago. Though his game is different than that of Theis, it is good to have an extra big body in the case of an injury like this.
Stay tuned to CLNSMedia.com and @CelticsCLNS on Twitter for more on Theis’ injury from today’s practice.