Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 17: Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics looks to pass against the Denver Nuggets during the second half at TD Garden on February 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Just over 24 hours away from the Celtics’ first game of the 2021 playoffs, Robert Williams’ status is still up in the air. The Celtics’ starting center aggravated a toe injury in the team’s play-in win over the Washington Wizards, then didn’t practice on Thursday.

According to the Celtics, Williams missed Friday’s practice session as well. His availability for Game 1 was described as ‘up in the air,’ and later qualified as ‘questionable.’

However, while appearing on the Stadium playoff preview show, NBA insider Shams Charania reported “the plan is for Robert Williams to play” Saturday against the Nets. Charania says Williams is dealing with a hyperextended toe.

Having Williams on the floor would be a huge boost against a Nets frontcourt that includes DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. If things change and Williams can’t go, Tristan Thompson could see an expanded role.

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