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Rehabbing Daniel Theis joins Celtics in Cleveland for moral support

Daniel Theis
Daniel on the bench in the first half for Game Five against the Philadelphia 76ers. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

CLEVELAND — When Daniel Theis signed with the Celtics last summer after spending the start of his pro career at home in Germany, he was dreaming of situations like this one, with his team charging toward an NBA Finals berth.

Unfortunately for Theis, he has only been able to watch from the sidelines. The 25-year-old big man tore the meniscus in his left knee during a March 11 game against the Pacers and underwent season-ending surgery. He has been making progress, though. He joined the Celtics on this road trip for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers — his first since the injury — and said he is eager to complete his recovery.

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“I think when I started basketball a week or two weeks ago, it changed a lot for me just doing what I love to do,’’ Theis said. “I think I can start running in, like, two weeks. I’ve been working with [assistant coach Kenny Graves] on dribbling, stand-still shooting. Everything is just straight. I’m not allowed to cut right now.’’

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