How’s this for irony? For the first time this season and not since March 8th last year, TD Garden will open its doors to a full capacity crowd for Game 4 between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, the home team won’t exactly be fielding a full roster.
According to the team’s official injury report heading into Sunday, the Celtics list Kemba Walker as questionable with a “left knee medial bone bruise” and Robert Williams as doubtful with a “left ankle sprain.”
Walker suffered the injury in Game 2 and gutted out 34 minutes in Game 3. He was visibly favoring his knee all Friday night and clearly affected his shooting. Kemba finished with just six points on 3-for-14 shooting.
Williams has been nursing left turf toe since the end of the regular season and now it looks like a sprained ankle in the same foot will keep him out of Game 4. He only played six minutes in the first quarter Friday night. Stevens has referred to him as the “wild card” of the series.
“Rob’s doubtful,” Brad Stevens said after practice on Saturday. “He probably won’t do anything in the morning and see how he feels as we get closer to game time. But you saw him last night, even in his stint, I thought he looked pretty limited. We’re hopeful to have everybody available, but at least in Rob’s case I’d say that’s probably doubtful.”
Already down Jaylen Brown for the rest of the year, maybe it’s not irony, but just the bittersweet reality of 2020-2021.