BOSTON — Boston Celtics big man Daniel Theis is out indefinitely with a tear in his right plantar fasciitis, suffered against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.
Theis was expected to be available to the media after he had his best game of the season in Detroit — cashing in jumpers, defending well and rolling to the rim comfortably. But Celtics PR informed reporters he had suffered a right foot injury during the game that was separate from the left foot injury that limited his time over the last week.
Theis suffered a torn meniscus in March and missed the postseason.
Brad Stevens said “indefinitely” sounds more dire than Theis’ situation actually is.
“He’s out indefinitely, but the indefinite timeline sounds worse than the timeline we’ve been given,” Stevens said. “I think it’s not going to be season-derailing or anything like that. Hopefully we’ll see how he progresses over the next few weeks. Then the next steps will be determined. But they think it will be pretty quick recovery, which is fortunate.”
Aron Baynes has been missing time as well with a hamstring injury. He said he’s nearing 100 percent again, which could be important as the Celtics look to fill a void at center. Rookie Robert Williams may also have extended opportunities.
“It’s unfortunate what happened to Daniel,” Baynes said. “He was starting to come along. But it’s one of those things, we dealt with a few circumstances like that last season. It’s next man up. I’m doing everything I can every single day to try to get right and be able to contribute to the team again. So as soon as they give me the clearance I’ll be ready.”
Theis is expected to speak to the media on Tuesday.