Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals is going to be a pivotal one for the Boston Celtics.
It’s no secret that Game 4 didn’t go their way, with the Golden State Warriors stealing away a victory at TD Garden and tying the series.
And now the Finals are returning to California and the Celtics are feeling the pressure.
Another win in San Francisco would be absolutely massive for the Celtics – and a loss could be a huge set-back.
The Celtics will be ready to play but it remains to be seen if one of their best stars will appear.
#NEBHInjuryReport for Game 6 vs Golden State:
Robert Williams (left knee soreness) – QUESTIONABLE
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 12, 2022
Robert Williams is currently questionable for Game 5 due to left knee soreness.
It sounds like Williams’ participation will be a game-time decision.
That’s one hefty decision.
Will He Or Won’t He?
Williams is currently averaging 6.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists a game during these Finals.
Those rebounds are particularly important.
Boston has been the best defensive team in the league all season long and Williams has been a huge part of that.
Just the other night, he grabbed 12 rebounds.
And that was proceeded by a game in which he landed 10 rebounds.
In other words, he’s been all over the glass and that’s been helping the Celtics in a big way.
Neither team will win the Finals without incredible offense and defense.
That goes without saying but it’s even more important because these two teams are so evenly matched.
If Williams sits, the Celtics will have to work even harder to get stops and slow down the Warriors.
But if he’s playing and healthy then Boston really does have a chance at stealing another away game.