Boston Celtics

Feb 16, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at TD Garden.

As the Celtics prepare for their first-round playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets, they do so not knowing whether or not their starting center will be available for Game 1.

Robert Williams missed the Celtics’ final few regular season games due to a turf toe injury. After being labeled a game-time decision for the play-in, Williams was active but only saw the floor for 14 minutes before re-aggravating his toe.

On Thursday, the Celtics practiced for the first time since that play-in game. Williams did not take part in the session according to head coach Brad Stevens, who described his center’s condition as “really sore.” Stevens added that Williams likely won’t practice on Friday either “based on how he was walking today,” and labeled his status as ‘day-to-day.’

If Williams cannot play in Game 1 (and/or beyond), the Celtics will likely turn to Tristan Thompson as their primary paint presence, with Luke Kornet possibly seeing an expanded role as well. They’ll have to counter a Nets’ frontcourt that includes DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, and Nicolas Claxton.

Game 1 of the Celtics-Nets series tips off at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tune into 98.5 The Sports Hub for complete coverage, starting with the pregame show at 7:30.

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