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May 9, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) goes to the basket past Miami Heat forward Trevor Ariza (8) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics center Robert Williams may have to miss more time after leaving Sunday’s loss to the Heat early due to a continued turf toe issue.

Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Sunday that the team may have to decide on a plan that limits Williams’ playing time while he recovers from turf toe, which caused him to miss Friday’s game against the Bulls. Williams left Sunday’s 130-124 loss to the Heat after playing 11 minutes.

“We may have to sit him,” Stevens said, via Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald on Twitter. “I don’t know what the deal is right now. That’s obviously something we’re gonna have to manage. So there’s some challenges ahead with that.”

Williams made his first start of the season on March 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Since then, he’s played 15 of a possible 24 games (13 starts) and averaged 8.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. The Celtics are 10-1 this season when Williams starts and plays at least 21 minutes.

The Celtics have four games remaining in the regular season, beginning with another shot at the Heat on Tuesday.

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