Robert Williams returning for Game 4

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Shams Charania: Sources: Celtics center Robert Williams is likely to play in Game 4 tonight vs. Miami. Boston’s All-Defensive center missed Game 3 due to knee soreness.
Source: Twitter @ShamsCharania

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rob Williams and Derrick White get podium games tonight.
That’s a good sign for their health. Generally, an injured player won’t speak postgame. – 11:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Derrick White had a “little cramping, but he’s fine”.
Added that pulling Rob Williams was just precautionary, given his recovery from knee surgery. – 11:14 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Bam Adebayo when Robert Williams was out:
31 PTS
10 REB
Bam Adebayo when Robert Williams has played:
8.3 PPG
6.3 RPG
1.6 APG

StatMuse @statmuse
Robert Williams tonight:
12 PTS
4-5 FG
All-Defense. PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Robert Williams headed to the locker room. – 10:21 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Robert Williams (likely final) stat line will be 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in just 19 minutes
In reality, his impact was much more significant – he and Al Horford put a lid on Miami’s basket with their activity around the rim – 10:13 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Robert Williams has a brief conversation with a trainer, puts an ice pack on his knee and chills on the bench, #Celtics #Heat10:10 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After Robert Williams looked like he was laboring a bit on that left knee, he checks out here early in the third. With Boston up 32, have to wonder if the Celtics will be conservative with him the rest of the way here tonight. – 10:09 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
If Robert Williams plays again in this game it’d be pretty bad. He’s been limping around the last few minutes. – 10:09 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
That will probably do it for Rob Williams: 12 points, 9 rebounds in 18 minutes. – 10:09 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Robert WIlliams has put in the work tonight, but he’s also laboring. We’ll see if he returns with the #Celtics up 32. #Heat10:09 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams doesn’t look right. He has allowed blowbys on each of the last two possessions. Still wincing a bit too. – 10:08 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Robert williams needs to come out for the remainder of the game….straight to the lockerroom for treatment. Try and buy as much time for Game 5 as possible – 10:07 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
If Robert Williams can just stay healthy. … just such a difference-maker defensively and also so effective catching lobs on other end. – 10:06 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Great block there by Robert Williams, but he winced a bit afterward. Staying in the game, but I think the knee is bothering him a bit based on his reaction there. – 10:03 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Five of Robert Williams’ nine rebounds have come on the offensive glass. – 9:38 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart is always giving teammates defensive tips during huddles. He just had a pretty long chat with Robert Williams and demonstrated some pointers to him during this timeout. – 9:37 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The Rob Williams on/off difference was tangible in the regular season. It’s kind of wild to watch it carry over essentially 1-to-1 in the postseason. – 9:35 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Boston Celtics are a really good defensive team without Robert Williams. They are a generational defensive team with him. He changes so much – 9:35 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Horford and Robert Williams have out rebounded the entire Miami team – 9:34 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Strus, Lowry, Robinson and Vincent are 0-14.
Miami is 4-23 on 2-point shots.
(Did we mention Rob Williams is back) – 9:31 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Starting lineups for Heat and Celtics. Not a surprise, but Jimmy Butler playing. Derrick White in for Marcus Smart. Robert Williams returns and is starting. PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Heat at Celtics – TD Garden – May 23, 2022 – Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 Starters
Boston – White, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Rob Williams
Miami – Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker, Bam Adebayo
OUT: Boston: Smart, Hauser Miami: Herro PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Marcus Smart out due to swollen ankle, Robert Williams III will play for Celtics in Game 4…7:57 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Schematically, Robert Williams changes things for Miami’s offensive attack
But White starting for Smart
Butler will hunt early – 7:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 4:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Derrick White – 7:29 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Celtics injury report for Game 4:
Marcus Smart (right ankle sprain) – OUT
Jayson Tatum – AVAILABLE
Robert Williams – AVAILABLE – 7:26 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Marcus Smart out. Robert Williams in for tonight. – 7:24 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart officially out tonight. Robert Williams is in – 7:24 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Marcus Smart is out tonight for Boston.
Robert Williams is in. – 7:23 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart had been ruled out. Robert Williams is available. – 7:23 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics say Marcus Smart is out and Robert Williams is available for tonight’s Game 4. – 7:23 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
SMART is OUT, Robert Williams is AVAILABLE. #Celtics #Heat7:23 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart is out with an ankle sprain per Celtics, but Rob Williams will return from knee soreness. – 7:23 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (ankle sprain) will not play tonight in Game 4 against the Miami Heat. Robert Williams will play. – 7:23 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Smart’s ankle still “quite swollen,” according to Udoka. Spent day getting treatment, and will now test it out. On Rob Williams, “swelling is minimal” in his knee. – 6:53 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart and Rob Williams temain questionable. Ime Udoka said both are testing their injuries over the next 15 minutes. – 6:49 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Ime Udoka says both Rob Williams and Marcus Smart are being tested for injury and they will know in the next 15 minutes on their status – 6:47 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart and Robert Williams will both go through testing in the next 15 monutes to see if they can play tonight. – 6:47 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Celtics coach Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart and Robert Williams III remain questionable at the moment due to their injuries. – 6:47 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart and Robert Williams remain questionable. Multiple reports that Williams likely will play – 6:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart and Rob Williams are still questionable, per Ime Udoka. Team expects to know if they’ll play in the next 15 minutes or so. – 6:47 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart and Rob Williams remain questionable and will get tested out in the next 15 minutes, per Ime Udoka. – 6:47 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Rob Williams is expected to be back on the floor for the Celtics for Game 4 per Shams…5:54 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: Celtics center Robert Williams is likely to play in Game 4 tonight vs. Miami. Boston’s All-Defensive center missed Game 3 due to knee soreness. – 5:37 PM

More on this storyline

Mark Murphy: Celtics announce that Marcus Smart (sprained right ankle) is out. Robert Williams (knee) and Jayson Tatum (shoulder impingement) are available. -via Twitter @Murf56 / May 23, 2022
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart is still dealing with significant swelling. Robert Williams has made progress, per Udoka. Jayson Tatum is “good to go.” -via Twitter @ByJayKing / May 23, 2022

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