Boston Celtics

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 23: Ones Kanter #11 of the Boston Celtics is fouled by Furkan Korkmaz #30 of the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on October 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

The Celtics will look to continue their winning ways without center Enes Kanter, as the Turkish big man will miss his seventh straight game when Brad Stevens and Co. travel to San Antonio for a Saturday head-to-head with the Spurs.

Injured in Boston’s season-opening loss to the Sixers, Kanter has remained on the shelf with what the team has termed a left knee contusion. Kanter originally suffered the injury when the Sixers’ Josh Richardson smashed right into Kanter’s left leg/knee in the aftermath of a collision with Marcus Smart in the second quarter of that Oct. 23 meeting.

Daniel Theis has become Boston’s starting center in Kanter’s absence, and has thrown himself a block party along the way, while the Green have posted seven straight victories over that stretch.

With or without Kanter, history is not on the C’s side in this game, as the Green have not defeated the Spurs in San Antonio since 2011. That’s seven straight road losses to the Spurs, with their last win coming all the way back on Mar. 31, 2011.

The Spurs, meanwhile, come into play with a 5-3 record, and have won four of their five home games this season.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.