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Update on Daniel Theis' injury is encouraging for C's fans

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Another Boston Celtics player went down Friday night, but it doesn't sound like he'll be out for long.

Big man Daniel Theis left the Celtics' game against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half and didn't return due to right knee soreness.

According to head coach Brad Stevens, though, it sounds like Theis' injury is more of a nagging issue than a serious ailment.

"It popped up before the game," Stevens told reporters after Boston's 119-115 win. "He was complaining a little bit about it. He went back and warmed up again. He said he felt fine. I didn’t think he looked good."

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Theis didn't attempt a shot in 8:40 of playing time, and Stevens thought his big man looked "a step slow," so he decided to sit Theis for the remainder of the night.

"At halftime, it made sense for him to stop," Stevens said. "I don’t think it’s anything big. He sat a couple of occasions last year for the same thing. But this stretch is insane, so we have to be smart with all of these guys, certainly the high-minutes guys."

Theis is the only Celtic who has played in every game this season and ranks fourth on the team in total minutes, so it wouldn't be surprising if he sits out Sunday's game against the Suns in Phoenix. 

Boston's other big man stepped up in Theis' absence Friday: Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson added 11 points each, while Robert Williams tallied 10 points off the bench in the victory.

 

If Theis does suit up Sunday, he'll have his hands full with 2018 No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton, who's averaging 13.9 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. Celtics-Suns tips off at 2 p.m. ET, with "Celtics Pregame Live" beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.