Simply while you suppose the Celtics may lastly go full Voltron on the league, one other key participant is compelled to take a seat out. Per the crew’s official injury report, Robert Williams and Evan Fournier are listed as out Saturday night time towards the visiting Golden State Warriors.
After beginning 9 out of ten video games after the commerce deadline (former beginning heart Daniel Theis was dealt to Chicago), Williams will now miss his second straight after sitting out yesterday’s win towards the Los Angeles Lakers. He had missed the March thirty first contest vs. Dallas with an sickness.
Per Brad Stevens, Williams is affected by left knee soreness with swelling above his calf and behind his knee. Stevens had stated that it appeared extra like a “day-to-day” harm than one thing long run. Over his final ten video games, Williams averaged 10.1 factors (69.2% capturing), 9.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and a couple of.0 blocks per recreation over 25.2 minutes.
Given Williams’ harm historical past, the Celtics will doubtless be abundantly cautious with their beginning heart. In his rookie and sophomore season, the Timelord solely performed 32 and 29 video games respectively, nursing again and hip points.
On Thursday, Danny Ainge told 98.5 The SportsHub’s Toucher & Rich that Fournier is doing effectively and steadily recovering from COVID. The newly acquired swingman has performed solely 4 video games in inexperienced, lacking the final six straight because of the league’s well being and security protocols. After a gradual begin, Fournier hit 11 of 16 from behind the arc in two blowout wins towards the Rockets and Hornets.