Celts again rule out Williams with knee soreness

by Gordon Dixon - Robert Williams III will miss a second consecutive playoff game for the Celtics due to left knee soreness, having been ruled out of Game 5 against the Bucks.

Celts again rule out Williams with knee soreness

Boston Celtics' Robert Williams III ruled out for Game 5 vs. Milwaukee Bucks 5:37 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN BOSTON -- The Celtics will be without forward Robert Williams III for the second consecutive game on Wednesday night as he'll sit with left knee soreness. Boston coach Ime Udoka said Williams was still experiencing soreness on Wednesday and the team decided to hold him out of Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks after being listed as questionable. "The swelling went down and that's why we were hopeful for tonight, due to the swelling getting better over the last few days," Udoka said. "But he had some soreness so we'll be overly cautious coming off the surgery. Until it's pain free, we'll rest him until he's ready." Editor's Picks Betting tips for NBA playoffs: Celtics-Bucks, Grizzlies-Warriors Game 5s 8h ESPN Fantasy and Betting Analysts 1 Related Williams returned from a torn meniscus in his left knee in Game 3 of Boston's first-round playoff series victory over the Brooklyn Nets . He returned to the starting lineup for the first three games of the series. Without Williams, the Celtics pulled away with a 116-108 win against Milwaukee on Monday night to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Udoka said Grant Williams will again start in Williams' place.