After clinching the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed on Thursday, the Celtics were able to rest their key players before their first play-in game against the Washington Wizards. That strategy looks like its paying off.
Speaking with the media on Monday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters that the Celtics had perfect attendance at practice (aside from Jaylen Brown). He added everybody on the roster is expected to be available with the exception of Robert Williams, who is a ‘game-time decision’ as he works through a turf toe injury.
Stevens added “the hope is we will have everybody available.” The Celtics tweeted an updated injury report following Stevens’ media availability, listing Williams as ‘probable.’
Williams’ availability is something to keep an eye on. His emergence as an interior presence has been one of the biggest developments for the Celtics this season. In 52 games he’s averaged eight points, seven rebounds, and two blocks per game. As a team, the Celtics are 15-8 when he plays at least 20 minutes.
If the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, they’ll advance to the main playoff tournament. If they lose, they’ll have a ‘win or go home’ game on Thursday against either the Charlotte Hornets or Indiana Pacers.
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