Celtics’ Robert Williams out for Game 6 vs. Bucks with knee injury

The Boston Celtics will have to extend their season without their starting center.

Robert Williams has been ruled out of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night due to left knee soreness, head coach Ime Udoka announced.

Ime Udoka on Robert Williams: “The pain is still there and we’re not going to put him out there until he’s 100%” pic.twitter.com/XJSVrnJ8m9

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Williams has now missed three consecutive games after sitting out Games 4 and 5. Head coach Ime Udoka said Friday that Williams suffered a left knee bone bruise in Game 3 after taking a shot from Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, causing swelling and soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. While the swelling has mostly subsided, per Udoka, Williams’ knee soreness will keep him out yet again.

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The Celtics won Game 4 in Milwaukee without Williams, but they missed his presence dearly in Game 5, when the Bucks grabbed 17 offensive rebounds to Boston’s five and took a late lead on Bobby Portis’ rebound-and-layup with under 15 seconds remaining.

Grant Williams is expected to keep his place in the starting lineup alongside Al Horford, while Daniel Theis (11 points on 5 for 5 shooting in Game 5) will be asked to step up once again as the Celtics try to steal a win in Milwaukee to…

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