BOSTON — Robert Williams III shall be accessible for the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon in Sport 7 of their second-round playoff sequence towards the Milwaukee Bucks, however he might not play his regular minutes — if he performs in any respect.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka stated Williams, who has missed the previous three video games with left knee soreness, shall be used “if wanted.”
“He’s accessible to play,” Udoka stated at his pregame information convention. “Hasn’t accomplished a complete lot of basketball exercise within the final week. It’s been extra so managing the ache. As I discussed, structurally he’s OK. He’ll be capable of go. So he’s accessible to go. However he received’t begin. We’ll go together with our regular rotation the final three video games with him being out. We’ll use him if wanted.”
With Williams out, the Celtics have used Grant Williams within the beginning lineup and Daniel Theis as the one massive man off the bench.
With out Robert Williams, the Celtics have received two of three, together with Sport 6 in Milwaukee to drive Sunday’s deciding recreation (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
“We’re not counting on him to come back again to Sport 7 to save lots of the day,” Udoka stated. “It’s extra in order that he’s accessible and he’s gotten higher and improved all through the week. We’ll nonetheless go together with our different rotations and use him on a necessity be foundation.”
Williams had surgical procedure to restore the meniscus in his left knee on March 30. Initially, it appeared Williams was dominated out with left knee soreness stemming from his return to play.
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Nevertheless, earlier than Sport 6, Udoka revealed that Williams’ absence was resulting from a small bone bruise, which he suffered in Sport 3 after a collision with Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.