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Since Robert Williams tore his meniscus in his left knee on March 27, he’s been in and out of the Boston Celtics rotation.

The big man missed nine games before briefly returning during the final two games of the Celtics playoff series vs the Brooklyn Nets. But after playing the first three games of the eastern Conference Semifinals, Williams didn’t touch the court in the final four games. He also missed Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

On top of the missed time in the postseason, Williams’ minutes have been limited. After averaging 29.6 minutes in the regular season, Williams is averaging 21.4 minutes per game in the playoffs thus far. However, the lack of minutes could serve as a benefit for Williams going into the most important series of his career.

“I feel like the reduced minutes helps obviously because of the injury I had, not being able to take the time off being in such an important part of the season,” Williams said during NBA Finals media availability on Wednesday. 

When asked about how the knee itself is feeling, Williams called it, “manageable,” adding: “Kind of been getting in a routine the past couple games of what I got to go through to have myself ready to play.”

With Williams out of the lineup, Boston is 5-2 this postseason, and the team is 7-4 when he plays. He’s averaging 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and serves as the defensive anchor for the Celtics.

Boston currently lists Williams as questionable for Game 1 Thursday.

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