Buried in the bad news that Jaylen Brown is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his non-shooting hand was an update on Robert Williams. The Celtics starter was listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s rematch with the Miami Heat.
After Williams exited Sunday’s loss and did not return after halftime, Brad Stevens said it was “too uncomfortable to keep going. It could be gametime decisions every day. We may have to sit him — I don’t know what the deal is right now. But that’s obviously something that we’re going to have to manage because I think I played Tristan (Thompson) about fifteen straight minutes there in the second half. So, there some challenges ahead with that.”
After the Celtics dealt Daniel Theis to Chicago at the trade deadline, Boston has gone 10-3 in Williams’ starts. Since March 25th, he’s averaging 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and two blocks in 23 minutes per game.
The second game of the mini-series is more or less a must-win for Boston. The Celtics are two games behind in the loss column and need the tiebreaker to at least have a chance of avoiding the play-in tournament.