May 25 update: Williams is available for Game 5 Wednesday.
May 24 update: Williams is listed as questionable for Game 5 and had some issues in Game 4 with his knee. The Celtics have to be careful with Williams, who has run the gauntlet when it comes to knee injuries this season. He’s an absolute force when healthy, and Boston’s chances of winning the series improve tremendously with him on the floor.
May 23 update: Williams is officially available for Game 4 against the Heat.
May 23 update: Williams is reportedly likely to suit up in Game 4 as the Celtics look to get this series against the Heat tied up at 2-2.
May 22 update: Williams is officially listed as questionable for Game 4 against the Heat with a knee injury. If he doesn’t suit up, the Celtics likely roll with Daniel Theis again in the starting lineup even though it went poorly in Game 3. Grant Williams would also see extra minutes if Robert Williams is ruled out.
Update: Williams is officially out for Game 3. Theis will be in the starting lineup based on the previous comments from Udoka, but things can be switched at the last minute. Expect Grant Williams to get heavy run in this game as the Celtics likely go small for large portions of the game.
Update: Williams is unlikely to play in Saturday’s game, which leaves Al Horford and Daniel Theis as the Celtics’ top centers. While some would think Grant Williams would get a shot in the starting lineup, Ime Udoka says Theis will start if Robert Williams is formally ruled out.
The Boston Celtics have listed Robert Williams as questionable for Game 3 against the Miami Heat Saturday with a knee injury. Williams has been dealing with knee issues throughout this postseason, missing some games in the first and second rounds with the ailment.
Robert Williams is questionable for tonight due to knee soreness, per the Celtics.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 21, 2022
Williams has powered through knee soreness at times, but the Celtics have enough depth to sit him if the injury is too painful. Al Horford and Daniel Theis would be in line for more minutes on the interior, although Grant Williams likely would get the start over Robert Williams if the big man sits.
Williams has been averaging 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in this postseason. He missed the end of the regular season with a meniscus injury, which is likely the reason for this lingering knee soreness on top of further bruising he has dealt with. We’ll see if he can suit up in Game 3 tonight as the Celtics hope to grab a 2-1 lead at home.