Despite the big impact he is often having in these Playoffs, Robert Williams is certainly not at 100 percent fitness. For weeks now, the longtime Boston Celtics has problems with a knee, so much so that he has to extract excess fluid virtually every day. So far Williams has never missed a Finals game, whereas he had previously forfeited twice against Brooklyn, four times against Milwaukee and once against Miami. In his absence Boston had a 5-2 record.
According to Chris Haynes, who interviewed Williams before Race-6, the Celtics reportedly assured the player that continuing to take the court despite the injury would not create future damage to his knee. However, a promise that turned the nose up at a former great, Isaiah Thomas, who commented hissily on Twitter: “I’ve heard that one before.”.
Thomas is referring to when he played on a hip injury during the 2017 Playoffs, precisely because Celtics doctors assured him that he would have no physical repercussions. IT did have repercussions, however: he missed the last 2 games of that year’s Conference Finals series against Cleveland and has never been the same since. He now struggles to even find a decadal in the NBA, only 4 years after being an All Star.