Robert Williams injury: Celtics big man suffered bone bruise on this Game 3 play

Celtics big man Robert Williams missed Games 4 and 5 of Boston’s Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Milwaukee Bucks with lingering left knee soreness, but it was more than just the usual wear and tear that caused his pain.

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka revealed Friday that Williams suffered a minor bone bruise in his surgically-repaired left knee after a collision with Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in last Saturday’s Game 3.

While tests revealed no structural damage in Williams’ knee, the collision did cause swelling and soreness that forced Williams to sit out Games 4 and 5 and has him listed as questionable for Friday’s Game 6.

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The play that caused Williams’ injury occurred in the second quarter of Game 3 in Milwaukee and resulted in a blocking foul on Williams, whose attempt to draw a charge on Antetokounmpo was unsuccessful.

Here’s the play where Robert Williams got a bone bruise on his knee. Ime Udoka was asked if it was on the play Williams ran into Giannis.

“Yes. Giannis ran into him.” pic.twitter.com/SPIZ38Ca2W

— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 13, 2022

That play is a microcosm of an incredibly physical series to date. Antetokounmpo’s frequent drives to the basket have often resulted in hard contact, and while the Celtics have held up relatively well against the two-time NBA MVP, they’ve taken their fair share of big blows.

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