Update May 15 2:15 p.m. Head coach Ime Udoka says Williams is available to play, but won’t start the game.
May 14 update: Williams is once again listed as questionable, but let’s see if he can actually get back to the court for this Game 7 contest Sunday against the Bucks. The Celtics would love to have him back as they attempt to knock off the defending champions. If Williams can’t go, look for Boston to roll with Grant Williams and Daniel Theis in the frontcourt alongside Al Horford.
May 13 update: Williams has once again been ruled out with the knee injury. Even though the Celtics are facing elimination, the big man is not good enough to get out there in Game 6 against the Bucks.
May 11 update: Williams is going to miss another game with his knee injury. The Celtics center is not taking part in Game 5, but Boston was able to grab a road victory without him to level this series 2-2. We’ll see if Williams can get back on the floor for Game 6 in Milwaukee.
Celtics say Robert Williams will miss Game 4 vs. Bucks due to left knee soreness.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 9, 2022
In what was initially instilled as an even game on the moneyline at DraftKings Sportsbook (-110), this is a big absence for the Celtics. Williams did leave Game 3 with what was originally ruled as a face injury, but surely it was that collision which ultimately compromised his knee. The big man has been dealing with knee problems this season, and recently recovered from a torn meniscus. This flare-up is probably a result of aggravation stemming from that rehab.
The Celtics have said Grant Williams will start in Game 4 in place of the center. Al Horford likely gets more run here with Robert Williams out. Daniel Theis is also an option for the Celtics, although he hasn’t seen much run in this series.