What does Aron Baynes being out mean to Celtics?

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What does Aron Baynes being out mean to Celtics? originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

The Celtics once again finding themselves dealing with an injury to a key player. 

Boston center Aron Baynes came down awkwardly on his left foot in the second quarter on Wednesday night, and did not return to the game.

Following Boston's 118-115 loss to Philadelphia, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he has a Grade-2 sprain.

And that means Baynes will likely miss multiple weeks of action, potentially putting his availability for the start of the postseason in jeopardy.


This is the latest setback for Baynes in what has been an injury-riddled season for the 6-foot-10 center who had the best defensive rating (96.6) in the NBA last season.

Baynes missed 13 games with a fractured finger; 11 with a foot bruise; three with a strained hamstring and another two with a left ankle sprain - the same ankle he sprained tonight.

Boston's record without Baynes this season is 16-13 which speaks to how important he is to the team's success - particularly on defense - despite playing just 14.8 minutes per game.

Baynes has appeared in 43 games this season and is on pace to play the fewest amount of games since his rookie season (2012-2013) with the San Antonio Spurs.

He came into tonight's game averaging 5.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and a career-high 31.5 percent from 3-point range.

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