Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown have both spent multiple games this year wearing forms of facial protection on the court, and the Celtics added another player to their list of masked men on Saturday night. This time, it was rookie forward/center Daniel Theis who was sporting a face mask to protect his nose, which was broken after getting hit by an errant elbow from Ekpe Udoh during Boston's 95-107 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday. Here's a look at the shot Theis endured that caused the break:
Daniel Theis took a shot to the nose during the first quarter and will not return to tonight's game. Here are a few angles from the play: pic.twitter.com/Nkd2EAF4Ll
Although Theis' night ended there, he was somehow able to get a mask fitted and get comfortable enough to return to the court in the span of a day. He saw 14 minutes of action in the Celtics' 102-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday and managed to score 5 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, hit a three, and viciously denied the Grizzlies' Kobi Simmons. Initially, Boston didn't even expect him to make the trip.