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Daniel Theis happy to be back on court as recovery continues

Daniel Theis happy to be back on court as recovery continues

BRIGHTON – For Daniel Theis, every day brings about a new adventure … and a new wrinkle to his recovery from a torn meniscus injury in March.

The 6-foot-9 forward is back in town, working his way towards one goal which is to be ready to participate in training camp with the Boston Celtics.

“I’m getting there,” Theis told NBC Sports Boston. “I’ve been back two weeks. I’ve been doing new stuff every day.”

Theis recently began doing full-court sprints.

On Wednesday, Theis said he had been working on changing direction and cutting at a higher speed.

“I’m just happy to be back on the basketball court,” Theis said. “I’ve been working out the whole summer, lifting in the weight room when I wasn’t back home.”

Theis added, “A little bit of running outside. Since I’m back (in Boston) … being on the basketball court doing basketball player stuff; it’s fun. I’m happy now.”

If you’re around Theis for more than five minutes, you’ll realize that he’s in a jovial mood most if not all of the time.

Which is why the torn meniscus injury he suffered was so difficult to deal with.

It did more than just sideline him for an extended period of time.

The injury took away the one joy – basketball – that has been a significant part of his life.

And to be on the bench, watching the team play on without him was a bittersweet time for the 26-year-old Theis.

“First of all, I learned how to be patient,” Theis said. “I wanted to go back on the court so fast. They told me to be patient, you can’t rush the process of healing. I learned that a lot. It was hard watching games on sideline or TV because I wanted to be there. At the end it was so much fun to see those guys, how they played. Every night they give 100 percent whole team, fans, the Celtics organization. Now, I just want to be a big part of this too. I want to be on the court and do the same they did last part of the season and hopefully I can be part of this.”

Theis said he is looking forward to doing some 1-on-1, 2-on-2 and 5-on-5 work later this month and be ready to play once training camp starts.

“I’m still a little bit away,” Theis said. “Every day they put in new stuff. It’s the day after that’s important to see how my knee reacts. (Wednesday), with more speed. (Thursday) we’ll see how my knee reacts. For now, my knee never reacted bad. My main goal is to be ready for training camp.”

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Celtics easily run over and past Bulls

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Celtics easily run over and past Bulls

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics will be the first to tell you it’s good to be home.

They certainly played like it on Wednesday as they pulled away against Chicago and never looked back in handing the Bulls a 111-82 thumping.

For Boston (8-6), the win comes after having lost four of their five games on their recently concluded West coast trip.

With questions about the starting lineup, the rotation and whether Danny Ainge and company should pursue adding a veteran, the Celtics responded with the kind of performance you should expect from a team considered to be among the league’s best when playing a team firmly situated in the league’s basement of bad squads.

But this did not look like a blowout in the making, not after Chicago led for all of the first quarter which ended with the Bulls on top 24-19.

Boston spent the early portion of the second quarter getting back in the game, and the latter part pulling away.

An Al Horford fade-away jumper capped off a 23-6 Celtics run which put them ahead 42-30. Boston’s control remained strong as they went into the half with a 51-35 lead.

The third quarter was more of the same for Boston as the Celtics opened with an 8-2 spurt to push their lead past the 20-point plateau for the first time (59-37) in the game.

Chicago (4-11) was able to chip away at Boston’s lead for some of the third quarter, but the Celtics control of the game was never in question as they pulled away for a much-needed cushy win.  

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston's victory on Wednesday night.

STARS

Kyrie Irving: Boston struggled early on to score the ball, and it was the play of Kyrie Irving that kept them afloat. He would finish the night with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting with nine points coming in the first quarter. He also had seven assists and six rebounds.

Jaylen Brown: Wednesday night was a good start for Brown to get his scoring game back on track. He was attacking the rim repeatedly and was rewarded with lay-ups that seemed to open things up for him on the perimeter. For the game, he had 18 points and six rebounds with three assists.

STUDS

Jayson Tatum: He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (5-for-14), but Tatum was engaged all game and delivered offensively during Boston’s second-quarter surge which put the Celtics in firm control of the game. He would finish with 14 points and six rebounds.

Jabari Parker: The Chicago native was damn near unstoppable in the first quarter and then … poof! After scoring 14 points in the first quarter, Parker did not score another point all game.

Zach LaVine: The Celtics did a nice job defensively against LaVine. A top-10 scorer in the NBA this season, LaVine was limited to just 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting from the field to go with nine rebounds and four assists.

Gordon Hayward: The shot took a while to start falling, but Hayward’s defense and play-making was plenty good for most of the night. He would finish with 11 points to go with four rebounds and four assists.

DUDS

Celtics’ slow start: As predictable as the outcome was on Wednesday night, the same could be said for Boston beginning the game playing from behind. The Bulls are among the back-of-the-pack clubs in the East, so a slow start against them won’t hurt you too much. But for them to build off Wednesday’s victory, they have to be better at the beginning of games.

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Here's what happened in the Celtics' 111-82 win over the Bulls

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Here's what happened in the Celtics' 111-82 win over the Bulls

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 111, Bulls 82

IN BRIEF: Jaylen Brown had a game-high 18 points as all five Celtics starters scored in double figures and the C's cruised to a victory over the Bulls on Wednesday night. BOX SCORE.

CELTICS RECORD: 8-6

HIGHLIGHTS:

JAYLEN THROWS IT DOWN

BIG AL WITH THE REJECTION. . .

. . . AND THE JUMPER

SMART NO. 10 ON C's ALL-TIME 3-PT FG LIST

KYRIE WITH THE STEAL AND THE FINISH

UP NEXT

FRIDAY: vs Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Boston)

SATURDAY: vs Jazz, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Boston)

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