Celtics have options to survive Robert Williams injury, and one might be starting playoffs from a lower seed

Written by sidhanta

One of the blander moves of this year's NBA trade deadline was the Boston Celtics bringing back Daniel Theis, whom they traded to Houston at the 2021 deadline.

It didn't seem like a big deal at the time. Just a little added depth to Boston's frontcourt in the form of an institutionally savvy big. 

Now, that footnote trade could end up being the move that helps save the Celtics. 

On Monday, some pretty crushing news broke that Boston's starting center, Robert Williams III, will be sidelined indefinitely with a torn left meniscus. 

Either way, Boston has a major challenge on its hands for the foreseeable future in trying to replace, to whatever degree possible, the presence and production of Williams.

Theis is not the vertical, athletic defender that Williams is at the rim, and if Boston starts Horford and Theis alongside one another, 

Again, Grant doesn't provide Robert's athleticism as a shot blocker or rolling finisher, but importantly he allows the Celtics to keep with their switching defensive principles. 

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