MILWAUKEE – Boston Celtics ahead Robert Williams III remains to be questionable for Friday evening’s Sport 6 in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks due to left knee soreness.
Nevertheless, Boston coach Ime Udoka clarified that the soreness will not be stemming from his surgical procedure final month to restore the meniscus his Williams’ left knee. As a substitute, scans revealed a small bone bruise.
“He bought his knee scanned and every thing structurally is sweet.” Udoka mentioned after shootaround on Friday morning. “Seems advantageous. The swelling went down however he nonetheless had some soreness and ache. Revealed that he has a small bone bruise from collision he took in Sport 3. Structurally he’s advantageous from the surgical procedure is simply that’s the place the swelling and soreness got here from.”
The Celtics haven’t had Williams for the final two video games within the best-of-seven collection in opposition to Milwaukee and cut up these video games. They path the Bucks 3-2 heading into Friday’s Sport 6.
When requested if it was when Williams collided with Bucks ahead Giannis Antetokounmpo in Sport 3, Udoka mentioned “Sure,” however shortly added that “Giannis bumped into him” hiding a wry smile beneath his masks earlier than taking the following query.
Udoka added the present harm is what has precipitated Williams’ absences.
“There’s no issues with the surgical procedure in any respect,” Udoka mentioned. “It’s simply that particular hit that he took.”
Williams returned from the knee surgical procedure within the first-round collection in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets in Sport 3 and 4, coming off the bench in each video games of that sweep. He returned to the beginning lineup in opposition to the Bucks.
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Grant Williams has began each video games rather than Williams however the staff has additionally discovered some success with smaller lineups. Grant Williams has performed in 56 minutes within the final two video games whereas guard Derrick White has performed in 66 minutes over that span.
White mentioned when he talked to Robert Williams and mentioned he’s feeling good however is aware of that he’s simply ready to get the inexperienced gentle to rejoin his squad on the court docket.
“Rob’s particular,” White mentioned. “We’ve been saying that every one yr. What he does, nobody else within the league does. It’s at all times nice to have him on the market. When he’s on the market, he at all times does nice for us.”