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Robert Williams, Evan Fournier out vs. Warriors on Saturday night

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One step forward, two steps back.

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Just when you think the Celtics could finally go full Voltron on the league, another key player is forced to sit out. Per the team’s official injury report, Robert Williams and Evan Fournier are listed as out Saturday night against the visiting Golden State Warriors.

After starting nine out of ten games after the trade deadline (former starting center Daniel Theis was dealt to Chicago), Williams will now miss his second straight after sitting out yesterday’s win against the Los Angeles Lakers. He had missed the March 31st contest vs. Dallas with an illness.

Per Brad Stevens, Williams is suffering from left knee soreness with swelling above his calf and behind his knee. Stevens had said that it looked more like a “day-to-day” injury than something long term. Over his last ten games, Williams averaged 10.1 points (69.2% shooting), 9.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game over 25.2 minutes.

Given Williams’ injury history, the Celtics will likely be abundantly cautious with their starting center. In his rookie and sophomore season, the Timelord only played 32 and 29 games respectively, nursing back and hip issues.

On Thursday, Danny Ainge told 98.5 The SportsHub’s Toucher & Rich that Fournier is doing well and steadily recovering from COVID. The newly acquired swingman has played only four games in green, missing the last six straight due to the league’s health and safety protocols. After a slow start, Fournier hit 11 of 16 from behind the arc in two blowout wins against the Rockets and Hornets.