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Celtics take another hit with Daniel Theis season-ending injury

Alex Reimer
March 12, 2018 - 1:48 pm

The Celtics have taken another hit just four weeks before the playoffs. Center Daniel Theis has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, per Yahoo Sports’ Sham Charnia. The injury occurred in Sunday’s 99-97 loss to the Pacers.

Theis, 25, signed with the Celtics out of Germany last summer. He’s been a surprise contributor this season, averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in nearly 15 minutes of play. Even better, he is delivering that production on a league minimum contract.

With Theis out of the mix, the Celtics will rely more on big men Aaron Bynes and Greg Monroe. Marcus Morris, who’s emerged as a consistent scorer off the bench, could see an increased role as well.

The Celtics are limping to the finish line this season, with Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Al Horford all dealing with various ailments. Irving’s is the most pressing. His balky knee is acting up again. 

Good thing the Celtics are enjoying a seven-game lead over the Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The cushion allows them to focus on health before the playoffs. 

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