Robert Williams III is “still really sore” according to Brad Stevens after sitting out of practice today. His status for Game 1 of Boston’s first-round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets remains in question.
“I can’t imagine him practicing tomorrow based on how he was walking around today,” Stevens said in his presser.
Williams missed five of the Celtics’ last six games to close out the regular season with turf toe on his left foot. Though he fought to suit up in Boston’s play-in victory over Washington, Williams reaggravated the injury in the second quarter after falling on Jayson Tatum.
Robert Williams went down hard here but he walked off under his own power pic.twitter.com/ILlBA4VlDE— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 19, 2021
He managed to head to the locker room under his own power and started the second half but was quickly taken out and ruled out for the rest of the game after it was clear he couldn’t continue.
If Williams is a no-go against Brooklyn on Saturday, Tristan Thompson, who compiled 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench against Washington, will likely start. Brad Stevens will also likely go small with Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye out there as well.
“He’s day to day. I don’t know,” Danny Ainge said of Williams’ availability on the T98.5 The SportsHub’s Toucher & Rich Show. “…We’ll see how his toe responds. Just take it day by day.”