Hours after describing Celtics center Robert Williams as “day-to-day” Friday night, coach Ime Udoka repeated himself Saturday morning when looking ahead to Game 7 on Sunday.
During a video conference with reporters, Udoka said Williams’ knee injury is a matter of pain tolerance. On Friday, he revealed Williams suffered a bone bruise from a Game 3 collision with Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and added the team wouldn’t return Williams to the floor until he felt 100%.
No new update on Rob Williams’ availability for Game 7 tomorrow, per Ime Udoka. Said it’s a pain tolerance thing for Williams and that he’s day-to-day.
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The Celtics have gone 2-1 in Williams’ absence, though Antetokounmpo has ravaged the paint without his rim protection.
Williams, 24, also offered a decent option against Antetokounmpo when the 6-foot-11 MVP forced switches early in the series. In Game 6, Marcus Smart matched up with Antetokounmpo more than any other Celtic and allowed him to score 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, plus one turnover, according to NBA tracking data; a stark contrast from the 1-of-7 shooting Smart allowed Antetokounmpo’s teammates combined.