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Celtics’ Aron Baynes suffers sprained ankle vs. Knicks

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Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes exited Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks early after the 31-year-old suffered a left ankle sprain. He did not to return to game action:

Baynes suffered the injury while he was under the basket in the first quarter, and it didn’t take long for the Celtics to rule him out of the ball game.

While it’s the third game this season between the two division rivals, it was also the second time the center got hurt against the Knicks this season.

Baynes also suffered a hamstring injury on Oct. 20 in their 113-101 win against the Knicks, per Celtics Wire‘s Moke Hamilton. The setback cost Baynes three games as a result.

Since signing with the Celtics shortly in the 2017 offseason, Baynes has become a dependable player for coach Brad Stevens’ rotation and has started five of the 20 games that he’s played in this season after starting 67 games for Boston last season. Baynes averaged 6.0 points and a career-high 5.4 rebounds per game during that campaign.

He’s averaging 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 20 games this season.

The center’s status for the Celtics’ next game is up in the air, but the bruising big man said afterward his ankle feels fine:

Boston will visit the Chicago Bulls this Saturday night.

Baynes debuted in 2012 as a 26-year old-rookie for the San Antonio Spurs and was able to win an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014. He also played for the Detroit Pistons from the 2015-16 to 2016-17 season.