Simply because one thing briefly will get higher doesn’t imply it might probably’t worsen.
Per Brad Stevens, the Boston Celtics will doubtless be with out Kemba Walker and Robert Williams for Sunday evening’s Recreation 4 contest in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets, a significant sport on this first-round playoff sequence. Walker is listed as questionable, whereas Williams was downgraded to “uncertain.”
Williams landed awkwardly on his ankle within the first quarter of Friday’s Recreation 3 win. He was subsequently dominated out after taking part in simply six minutes off the bench. Williams has additionally been coping with turf toe, an damage that plagued the previous few video games of his common season, in addition to by way of the playoffs to this point.
Earlier, SNY’s Ian Begley reported that Walker was listed as questionable forward of the sport on account of a bone bruise in his left knee, however is unlikely to play. Brad Stevens instructed reporters earlier in the present day that following the group’s morning exercises, they’d know extra. Apparently, what they realized wasn’t precisely one thing optimistic.
The Celtics stormed again into competition on this sequence with a raucous 125-119 victory on Friday evening, making this in any other case lopsided sequence 2-1 in favor of the Nets. Although Jayson Tatum was the story of the sport, having scored 50 factors for the fourth time in 22 video games, it was principally very important that he achieve this, provided that Walker was unable to supply any form of offensive punch. He performed by way of the damage and completed with a mere six factors on three-of-14 capturing from the sphere, providing a goose egg from past the arc on seven makes an attempt.
Marcus Good (who scored 23 factors on eight-of-11 capturing in Recreation 3) ought to be his doubtless alternative as the place to begin guard, and although Payton Pritchard might obtain a bit extra time without work the bench, the rookie simply hasn’t appeared to discover a groove in his first playoff run. He’s performed a mere 26 minutes on this sequence and scored two factors, so maybe his run stays restricted and Brad Stevens’ method turns into alternative by committee.
As for Williams, that burden will doubtless be dealt with by Tristan Thompson, who capped off his greatest sport in a Celtic uniform with 19 factors and 13 rebounds in Recreation 3. Versus the common season choice of Luke Kornet, Grant Williams was the one to see an even bigger function with Williams out.
The Celtics will want all the assistance they will get tonight; conveniently (and paradoxically, given this unlucky flip of occasions), it’ll be the primary time since early 2020 that Boston will welcome near 17,000 followers again into TD Backyard. Recreation 4 ideas off at 7 p.m. ET on TNT.
UPDATE: Each Walker and Williams have been dominated out tonight: