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MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 17: Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in Game One of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at FTX Arena on May 17, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Will the Celtics have center Robert Williams in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night? Early indications are that might be the case.

Wednesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski gave an update on Williams status, tweeting that Williams “will test his left knee in warmups, but there’s optimism he’ll be available for Game 5.” This follows head coach Ime Udoka telling reporters Wednesday afternoon that Williams would be a game-time decision after testing his knee pregame. On their latest injury report released Tuesday night, the Celtics labeled Williams as ‘questionable.’

Williams has been dealing with a sore knee throughout the playoffs, that has involved swelling and stiffness and limited his movements at times. After playing 18 minutes in Game 4, Williams told reporters his knee felt good but that the effects of the injury usually aren’t felt until the next day.

Overall, Williams has missed seven of the team’s 15 games so far this postseason, with the Celtics going 5-2 in those games. When he has played, he’s averaging 8.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and two blocks per game while playing 21 minutes per game.

The next update on Williams should come around 7 p.m., when head coach Ime Udoka is expected to hold a pregame press conference. In addition to Williams, guard Marcus Smart is also questionable with an ankle sprain, and an update on his status will likely come at the same time.

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