Analysis: Daniel Theis out indefinitely with tear in plantar fascia

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Tough luck has hit Daniel Theis on the injury front yet again just weeks after returning to 5-on-5 action following knee surgery. The backup center suffered a small tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot during Boston's win over the Pistons on Saturday night. The injury was announced by the team on Monday, with an indication that there is no specific timetable on the big man's return for now.

While any tear in a foot sounds like a daunting injury, Brad Stevens remained somewhat optimistic about the prognosis for Theis at Monday's practice.

“The indefinite timeline sounds worse than the timeline we’ve been given,” said Stevens. "I think it’s not going to be season-derailing or anything like that. Hopefully, we’ll see how he progresses over the next few weeks. Then the next steps will be determined. But they think it will be pretty quick recovery, which is fortunate.”

The timing is brutal for Theis coming on the heels of a breakout performance on Saturday against the Pistons in which he posted a season-high 17 points and 8 rebounds. He looked to be rounding into form this past week after a long recovery for a torn meniscus suffered last spring. That progress will be sidetracked for the time being as the C's big man depth chart gets a little thinner.