PORTLAND — Boston Celtics big man Daniel Theis was upgraded to probable against the Portland Trail Blazers, according to the team.
Theis was declared out indefinitely 15 days prior with a tear in his right plantar fascia, but both Theis and Brad Stevens told reporters the injury — and the indefinite return — sounded worse than the prognosis.
“Everybody knows their body and when something is wrong you know it,” Theis said on Oct. 30. “The night was tough, but the next day the doc called me and said partial tear, it was really lucky, not long, so I was really relieved.”
Theis was expected to be in a boot for two weeks, but he was out of his boot and shooting flat-footed jumpers after the Celtics practiced on Tuesday in Phoenix. On Friday, his jumper was getting a little lift as he took shots from both inside and outside the arc.
Daniel Theis is getting some lift under his jumper too. He was shooting flat-footed at practice in Phoenix on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/c0E4n5s9xB
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) November 10, 2018
“This time it’s going to be way shorter than the knee,” Theis, who tore his meniscus in March, said on Oct. 30. “The knee was a long process.”
That statement might be prophetic if he returns against the Trail Blazers.