Robert Williams, out of J4 against Bucks

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics ruled out Robert Williams III for Monday’s Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks because of soreness in his left knee.

Williams had not featured in any of Boston’s injury reports, but coach Ime Udoka said Williams tried to warm up before the game and felt the pain was too much.

“I was in some pain today,” Udoka stated. “She came out of nowhere. She didn’t feel anything yesterday or during the game. It wasn’t an incident. Just a little soreness and she got sore trying to warm up,” she added.

Williams tore the meniscus in his left knee in late March and didn’t return to the lineup until Game 3 of Boston’s first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.

Against Milwaukee, Williams returned to the starting lineup and has started all three games.

Udoka said it’s not unexpected that Williams will be in pain from the surgery. Udoka also said that he did not expect Williams to undergo further testing, but that he was hopeful he would be ready for Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday.

“It is to be expected,” Udoka added when asked about Williams’ potential availability. “He has been in natural pain… hopefully he will calm down and be able to play again in the next game.”

In the Bucks series, Williams averaged 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. He missed some time in Game 3 after taking an elbow to the head from Bucks forward, bobby portis.

With Williams out, Boston will start with Grant Williams instead.

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Robert Williams, out of J4 against Bucks