After Brad Stevens referred to Robert Williams as the “wild card” of the series, Celtics fans were excited to see what the Timelord could do after three days rest and back in TD Garden. Those dreams were short lived after Williams did not return after halftime with a sprained left ankle and the Celtics have officially ruled him out for the rest of the game.
In eight minutes of play in the first half, Williams didn’t record a counting stat, but was a +8 with his time on the floor. As noted earlier today:
Stevens acknowledged just how much of a “wild card” he will be moving forward. Timelord has only managed to play 39 minutes in the series so far, but the eye test matches the advanced analytics. His Game 1 eleven points, nine rebounds, and nine blocks stuffed the box score and changed the game. James Harden said, “he contested everything, both at the rim and on the perimeter...he’s one of the reasons why we didn’t shoot so well.”
He’s the only regular rotation player with a net positive when he’s on the floor (+4.7) and is sorely missed when he’s on the bench (-33.3 net rating, lowest on the team).
After the game, Brad Stevens said that Williams is currently in a boot and that his status for Game 4 on Sunday is unclear.