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Robert Williams received cortisone shot for turf toe

The Celtics will be cautious with the starting center heading in the postseason

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The Celtics have already ruled out Robert Williams (along with Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown) ahead of their game in Cleveland tonight, but now we have a sense of the extent of the injury.

Williams is dealing with turf toe in his left foot, a particularly unpredictable injury without a concrete timeline for recovery. Per head coach Brad Stevens, Williams received a cortisone shot on Monday to reduce the inflammation, but there has been no improvement to date.

“I don’t really have an update on when he’ll be back,” Stevens said. “Our plan is to be conservative with that.”

Including tonight, the Celtics have three road games remaining in the regular season. They’re most likely destined to be in the play-in tournament next week, so any rest and recovery that Williams can benefit from between now and next Tuesday is probably the best course of action.

Stevens also had updates on several other Celtics on the injury report. Kemba Walker is sitting out against the Cavaliers for his regular rest on back-to-backs, but “felt great today” after leaving yesterday’s game briefly in the first quarter with what looked like an aggravation of his oblique strain from a few weeks ago. Marcus Smart is out with a calf contusion (not a strain) after a collision with Duncan Robinson last night. Tristan Thompson will play through a pectoral strain against his former team.

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