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Kemba Walker, Robert Williams out unlikely for Game 4 vs. Nets [UPDATE]

The Celtics will be without two key cogs in the rotation in Game 4 against Brooklyn.

Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two
Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during Round One Game Two on May 25, 2021 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Update: Celtics vs. Nets, Game 4 — Walker and Robert Williams have been ruled out for Game 4, according to the Celtics. Boston will miss both players, especially Walker as a secondary offensive option. Romeo Langford is expected to start for the Celtics, according to Shams Charania. Expect to see more of Aaron Nesmith and Grant Williams as well to make up for Walker and Williams sitting out.

Update: Celtics vs. Nets, Game 4 — Walker is listed as questionable for Game 4 vs. the Nets due to a knee injury and is unlikely to play following morning workouts, according to Ian Begley. He struggled in Game 3, going 3-14 from the floor in Boston’s victory.

Update: Celtics vs. Nets, Game 3 — Walker is available to play in Game 3 vs. the Nets on Friday night, the team announced earlier in the day. Walker was questionable with a knee injury but appears to be OK. The Celtic are down 2-0 in the series and are 8.5-point underdogs at home.

The Boston Celtics have listed point guard Kemba Walker as “questionable” for Game 3 vs. the Brooklyn Nets due to a knee injury. Walker was averaging 16.0 points and 4.5 assists per game in the series, but Boston is down 2-0 entering Game 3.

The Celtics entered the postseason without Jaylen Brown after the forward suffered a wrist injury late in the year. Boston was the underdog against the Nets even with Brown, but his absence has created a massive void for the Celtics. If Walker cannot go, Boston will be without two key starters in what essentially amounts to a must-win game to keep the series alive. No team has come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs.

Walker is in his second season of a four-year, $141 million deal with the Celtics. He was pivotal in Boston’s run to the conference finals in the Orlando bubble last season, averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game in the first two rounds of the bubble.

If Walker is unable to go, expect Marcus Smart to shoulder most of the point guard duties. Payton Pritchard and Carsen Edwards could also get an extended run at the position if the Celtics fall behind big.