By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Celtics enter Tuesday night’s meeting with the Nuggets having lost four of their last five games. As they try to put an end to their slump, they’ll be without one of their most consistent performers this season.
On their latest injury report posted on Twitter, the Celtics ruled forward Daniel Theis out for the game with a right index finger sprain. Theis was listed as “questionable” on Monday before being downgraded.
To this point, Theis had been the only Celtic to play in all of the team’s 26 games this season. He’s started 21 of those 26, and is averaging 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.
The timing couldn’t be much worse for the C’s, who will now be without their starting center as they face arguably the best center in the game in Denver’s Nikola Jokic. In his last two games against the Celtics, Jokic has averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Without Theis, the Celtics will likely lean on Tristan Thompson and Robert Williams to try and contain Denver’s best big.
In addition to missing Theis, the Celtics will also be without Marcus Smart (calf) and Romeo Langford (wrist).
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