Enes Kanter will not be suiting up for Boston’s home opener against the defending champion Toronto Raptors due to a left knee contusion.
Celtics announce that Enes Kanter is OUT against the Toronto Raptors tomorrow with a left knee contusion— Cousin Steez (@AndrewDoxy) October 24, 2019
Kanter appeared to injure himself in the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers when he tripped over a fallen player. Kanter stayed down for a moment before hobbling back on defense. Although he finished the rest of the game, it’s clear that this is an issue that the team would rather be careful with.
Enes Kanter finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds after getting his first start with the Celtics in his first game with the team. Kanter started 0 preseason games, but in an effort to match up with the size and strength of Joel Embiid, Brad Stevens elected to call #11 to start the first and third quarters.
With Kanter out (and most likely spending more time with the bench against most other teams), it’ll be interesting to see who Stevens goes with to start against Toronto. Robert Williams III was arguably one of Boston’s best players in his limited minutes against the 76ers last night with his high-energy plays. Daniel Theis started the most preseason games. Vincent Poirier might even get a look.
Romeo Langford (sore right knee) and Tacko Fall (NBA Concussion Protocol) remain inactive for Boston heading into tomorrow’s contest. The Boston Celtics will take on the Toronto Raptors tomorrow night at 7:00 PM EST to try to get back to .500 in the early going of this season.