Celtics injury report: Daniel Theis out vs. Nuggets with sprained finger

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Daniel Theis ruled out for Celtics-Nuggets with sprained finger originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics will have to contain Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic without their starting center.

Big man Daniel Theis has been downgraded to out for Tuesday's game at TD Garden due to a right index finger sprain, the team announced.

Theis initially was listed as questionable for Celtics-Nuggets after suffering the injury Sunday in a loss to the Washington Wizards, but the 28-year-old big man is set to miss his first game of the season Tuesday night.

Marcus Smart (left calf tear) and Romeo Langford (right wrist surgery rehab) remain out for Boston.

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Theis' injury comes at a rough time for the Celtics, who sit at 13-13 after losing five of their last 15 games. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have won three in a row and 10 of their last 15 contests thanks in part to the play of Jokic, who's averaging 26.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists this season as a legitimate NBA MVP candidate.

Head coach Brad Stevens could start a frontcourt of Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams in Theis' absence, with Robert Williams coming off the bench. It's also possible that Tacko Fall gets minutes if any big men run into foul trouble.

Tip-off at TD Garden is set for 7 p.m. ET. Make sure to tune into NBC Sports Boston at 6 p.m. ET for Celtics Pregame Live.