NEW YORK — Boston Celtics big man Aron Baynes suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of Boston’s 103-101 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday, which caused him to be ruled out for the final two periods.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, Brad Stevens hadn’t been told much.
“I don’t have any update on it,” Stevens said. “Hamstrings are scary to me.”
Hamstring injuries can be very limiting, given how much of a player’s motion relies on the muscle. Jaylen Brown struggled through a hamstring injury throughout the first two rounds of the postseason last year.
Baynes pulled up limping in the second quarter and immediately requested a sub. Boston sent Marcus Morris in, and Baynes went straight to the locker room.
Baynes has been a part of some of Boston’s best lineups so far this year, utilizing his combination of size and agility to both close off the paint and limit penetration. His rebounding often proves important for the Celtics, who otherwise play a lot of small-ball lineups (Stevens calls them “skill-ball” lineups).
If Baynes misses significant time, it could mean minutes Guerschon Yabusele and Robert Williams. Yabusele got his first non-garbage time action of the season on Saturday. Williams is yet to play in a regular-season game.