BOSTON – Even with a full allotment of healthy big men, the Boston Celtics always have trouble with Anthony Davis.
He may not be as much trouble as usual on Monday night when the Celtics host the New Orleans Pelicans.
While Davis managed to play through a hip injury suffered in the first half of the Pelicans’ 116-108 win at Detroit on Sunday, he was clearly not himself upon returning in the third quarter.
It is not a given that Davis will suit up and play against the Celtics tonight.
The perennial All-Star had just six points on 2-for-7 shooting against the Pistons to go with nine rebounds and five blocked shots.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry acknowledged his star big man was far from at full strength on Saturday.
"Just having Anthony on the floor means everything," Gentry told reporters after the Pelicans' win over Detroit. "He might have been closer to 50 percent than 100 percent, but he was still giving us great defense and grabbing big rebounds."
Having him not available would certainly provide a boost for Boston’s chances at extending their winning streak to six in a row, especially considering the Celtics’ injury-depleted frontcourt.
Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) and Al Horford (left knee soreness), both out for Boston’s 133-77 win at Chicago (I still struggle to believe I just wrote ‘133-77’ as the final score for an actual NBA game), are listed as questionable for the Pelicans game.
Robert Williams who was away from the team for the Bulls game for personal reasons, is expected to be back in uniform for Monday night’s game against the Pelicans.
The news isn’t so good for Guerschon Yabusele who played a season-high 16 minutes against the Bulls due to both Baynes and Horford being out.
He has already been ruled out for Monday’s game following a right ankle injury that was severe enough to where he needed teammates Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum to help carry him back to the locker room after suffering the ankle sprain injury in the second half.
Second-year big man Daniel Theis got the starting nod in place of Horford and delivered his best game of the season with a double-double that included him scoring a career-high 22 points to go with 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.
Regardless of whether he starts, comes off the bench or doesn’t play (coaches decision), Theis has shown himself to be ready when called upon.
“I’m just happy to be on the court again,” Theis told NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin following Boston’s blowout win at Chicago on Saturday. “After the Detroit game (on Oct. 27) and I got hurt, out for another two weeks … I just hated sitting on the sideline and not helping my team on the court; just happy to help.”
Doing so becomes a lot easier if Davis doesn’t play.
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