BOSTON – (Wire Service Report) – The Boston Celtics’ bench was dealt a couple of tough blows on Monday.
After news surfaced that center Daniel Theis will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus, multiple reports surfaced that Celtics defensive centerpiece Marcus Smart sustained a torn tendon in his right thumb. But in a bit of good news, ESPN reported that the team believes the left knee soreness hampering star Kyrie Irving is not serious.
Irving left Sunday’s 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers at halftime after the knee soreness that caused him to miss last Monday’s game in Chicago flared up again. Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics believe it is nothing more than knee tendonitis and that Irving is day-to-day and won’t need to miss much time.
Theis and Smart were both hurt in Sunday’s game, with Smart’s injury occurring when he dove to the floor. Smart had his thumb taped up and returned to finish the game.
The severity of Smart’s injury is uncertain and the team is not sure how much time he will miss.
“Sore, but it will be all right,” Smart told reporters after the game. “It’s like a sprain right now.”
Smart, 24, is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds this season. Despite making a season-high-tying six of his 12 3-point attempts on Sunday, Smart is shooting just 30.1 percent from long distance this season and 36.7 percent overall.
Theis had an MRI exam on his left knee on Monday morning, determining the need for surgery. The 25-year-old rookie from Germany had become a key contributor off the bench for the Celtics, averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds this season.
Those numbers ballooned to 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds since the All-Star break.
The 6-foot-9 Theis’ absence will likely lead to more minutes for Aron Baynes and Greg Monroe.
The Celtics are also dealing with an injury to second-year forward Jaylen Brown (concussion). The 21-year-old is averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds.