Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 18: Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics reacts after going down with an injury during the first half of a game in the play-in tournament against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on May 18, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Celtics 118-100 win over the Washington Wizards Tuesday night didn’t come without a cost. As the team turns its attention towards the playoffs, there are a couple of key injury situations to monitor.

Both Robert Williams and Marcus Smart suffered lower-body injuries late in the second quarter of the win. Williams missed the remainder of the half, and played a quick shift in the third quarter before being ruled out for the game. Smart briefly went back to the locker room, but returned and ended up playing 35 minutes.

“Rob hyperextended that toe,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. Williams has been dealing with a case of turf toe, and was a game-time decision for Tuesday night. “So he felt it pretty good. He tried to come back and play. So just get treatment and we’ll see what happens.”

Smart’s prognosis was more encouraging. “He’ll probably be sore tomorrow, but I have a weird feeling that he’ll be ready for practice Thursday, knowing Marcus,” Stevens told reporters.

The Celtics do have some time to get healthy and rested. They’ll have two days off before beginning their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Will the C’s be at full strength by then? We don’t know just yet.

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