Key Players Unlikely to Play in Celtics' First Preseason Game

C's injury report: Thompson out, Theis questionable to play vs. 76ers originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics could be without a couple big men in Tuesday night's preseason opener versus the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.

The C's released an injury report Monday afternoon, and the team ruled out newly acquired center Tristan Thompson with a right knee hamstring strain. Veteran center Daniel Theis is questionable to play against the Sixers due to lower back soreness.

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Even if Theis does play, it's quite possible we could see Robert Williams get extended minutes. The 2018 first-round draft pick has played well when healthy, giving the C's much-needed depth, rim protection and athleticism in the frontcourt. His development is one of the most interesting storylines for the Celtics entering the 2020-21 season.

Two other players -- Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford -- will not play for the Celtics on Tuesday night.

This matchup is one of two preseason games on the Celtics schedule. The finale is set for Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. The C's will host the Milwaukee Bucks in the regular season opener Dec. 23.

Here's the full Monday injury report from the Celtics:


Kemba Walker, PG (Left knee strengthening)

Romeo Langford, SG (Right wrist surgery)

Tristan Thompson, C (Right hamstring strain)


Daniel Theis, C (Lower back soreness)


No players listed.

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