The Boston Celtics have been dealt a major blow as they prepare to face the Orlando Magic on Monday night, with All-Star Robert Williams III ruled out due to a hip injury.
The news was first reported by the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach and confirmed by the team later in the day. Williams, who is averaging 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season, was forced to sit out of Saturday’s game against the New York Knicks due to the injury.
The Celtics have been struggling of late, losing five of their last seven games, and Williams’ absence will certainly be felt. The 23-year-old big man has been a key contributor for the team, providing energy and hustle on both ends of the floor. His ability to protect the rim, rebound, and finish plays around the basket has been invaluable to the team, and his absence will be a major loss.
The Celtics will have to rely on other players to step up in Williams’ absence, with Tristan Thompson and Daniel Theis likely to shoulder the load in the frontcourt. The team will also need to get more production from their perimeter players, such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who have been struggling of late.
It’s unclear how long Williams will be out, but it’s safe to say the Celtics will miss his presence on the court. With the playoffs just around the corner, the team will need to find a way to make up for his absence if they hope to make a deep run.