Entering Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, with Jaylen Brown due to knee pain, Daniel Theis was the only Celtics player to play in every game.
But that streak will be in jeopardy on Sunday when Boston travels to Phoenix to play the Suns at 2 p.m. ET.
Theis left the Celtics’ 119-115 victory on Friday after just nine minutes with a sore right knee. He rebounded and didn’t attempt to shoot. Boston coach Brad Stevens didn’t think this was a cause for long-term concern.
“It came up before the game. He was complaining a bit about it. He came back and warmed up again. He said he felt good. I didn’t think he looked good. Stevens said. “In his second stint I thought he looked a little slow. At halftime it made sense for him to stop. I don’t think that’s big. He sat a few times last year for the same thing. But that stretch is insane, so we have to be smart with all these guys, definitely the high-minute guys. “
Theis absence meant more time for all the great men and they made the most of it. Tristan Thompson continued his recent strong play with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Grant Williams, who started at three in the Celtics’ oversized starting lineup, had 11 points, including three to 3 in 32 minutes, a career-high. Robert Williams III had 10 points and two rebounds.
Theis is averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game.