Boston Celtics

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 25: Kemba Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics shoots as Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets defends during the first half of Game Two of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at Barclays Center on May 25, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The Celtics will be without two of their top players Tuesday night, as they try to hold off elimination at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets. Before the game, Brad Stevens told reporters Kemba Walker and Robert Williams won’t play in Game 5.

Both Walker and Williams missed the Celtics’ Game 4 loss to the Nets Sunday night in Boston after being game-time decisions. The Celtics would go on to lose that game 141-126.

Walker is dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, which Stevens said is unrelated to a preexisting condition that last limited him since last season. Meanwhile, Williams was battling through sprained ankle and turf toe, which Stevens told reporters will need attention after the season ends.

Stevens has had to juggle his lineup due to injuries all season, an issue that has clearly followed the Celtics into the playoffs. In Game 4, they replaced Walker in the starting lineup with Romeo Langord, while Jabari Parker saw extended minutes off the bench to spell Williams.

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