The Boston Celtics were already facing what looked like a must-win scenario in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks, losing 2-1 in the series.
That challenge just got a whole lot harder.
Starting center Robert Williams III underwent surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee before the start of the playoffs, forcing him to miss the final seven games of the regular season and the first two games of the postseason. .
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Williams made a quick comeback for Game 3 of the Celtics’ first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, but it looks like the rising star’s knee is failing again.
Will Williams be available for Game 4? Here’s everything we know next.
Will Robert Williams III play in Game 4 against the Bucks?
Williams will be OUT for Game 4 against the Bucks due to left knee soreness, the Celtics announced Tuesday.
#NEBHInjuryReport to update:
Robert Williams (left knee pain) – OUT
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 9, 2022
Williams wasn’t originally on the injury report, but head coach Ime Udoka said some soreness “shot up” in the morning before Game 4. He mentioned Williams has been sore, at times, but it was “a little worse.” today”. ” according to Jay King of The Athletic.
As mentioned above, this is the same knee that caused Williams to miss the last seven games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs after receiving surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus.
Williams returned to the rotation, playing just 15 minutes in each of his first two games upon his return in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets.
He was inserted back into the starting lineup to start the series against the Bucks, averaging 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 23.7 minutes per game.
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Who will take Robert Williams’ place in the starting five?
Head coach Ime Udoka announced that Grant Williams will start instead of Robert Williams.
Grant Williams will start for Robert Williams. Daniel Theis should play off the bench.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 9, 2022
Williams has been a key piece in the Celtics’ playoff push, shooting down 48.6 percent of his 3-pointers while playing physical defense like Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
As mentioned in the tweet above, backup center Daniel Theis will also receive a playing time increase, as he did in the first round when Williams was out. Against the Nets, Theis averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game.
What channel is Game 4 of Bucks vs. Celtic?
- Date: Monday, May 9
- Television channel: TNT
- Live broadcast: sling tv | see TNT
Game 4 of the second round series between the Bucks and the Celtics will be broadcast on TNT.
The game can be streamed live on Watch TNT or Sling TV.
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What time does Game 4 Bucks vs. Celtic?
- Date: Monday, May 9
- Weather: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
The Bucks and Celtics will battle it out in Game 4 on Monday, May 9. The game will kick off shortly after 7:30 pm ET and will be played at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Bucks vs. Celtics series schedule
Here is the complete schedule for the second-round series between the Bucks and Celtics:
|Date||Match||Time (ET)||television channel|
|May 1||Game 1: Bucks 101, Celtics 89|
|May 3||Game 2: Celtics 109, Bucks 86|
|May 7||Game 3: Bucks 103, Celtics 101|
|May 9||game 4||7:30 pm||TNT|
|May 11||game 5||19:00||TNT|
|May 13||game 6*||Determined||ESPN|
|15 th of May||game 7*||Determined||TNT|
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