Boston Celtics

May 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) dunks during the first half of game two of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics have been missing at least one rotational player. Al Horford (health & safety protocols) and Marcus Smart (foot) missed Game 1, while Derrick White (personal) didn’t play in Game 2.

That trend will likely continue in Game 3. Center Robert Williams (left knee soreness) will not play in Saturday night’s game against the Miami Heat, the team announced with its Saturday evening injury report. Williams has first appeared on the report Saturday afternoon, listed as questionable.

Williams has already missed six games this playoffs due to knee injuries. He was still recovering from late-season meniscus surgery when the playoffs began, and didn’t play in either of the Celtics’ first two games of their first-round sweep of the Nets. After playing as a reserve in the first two games of that series, he started the first three in the second round against Milwaukee before missing the last four. Again, he returned for the first two games of this current series before Saturday.

So far in the playoffs, the Celtics are 4-3 when Williams plays, and are 5-1 without him. He’s averaged 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and two blocks per game while playing 21.3 minutes per night in the postseason. In Game 1 against Miami he had one of his best performances of these playoffs, with 18 points nine rebounds and two blocks.

Daniel Theis is expected to start in Williams’ place on Game 3. The rest of the team is expected to be available.

Coverage of Saturday night’s game begins at 8:00 p.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the 98.5 The Sports Hub Celtics Radio Network. Tip-off is set for 8:45.