Boston Celtics center Robert Williams will pass imaging after spraining his left knee

BOSTON — Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka said center Robert Williams will get some imaging Monday morning after sustaining a sprained left knee in the second half of Sunday night’s 134-112 win over the Boston Timberwolves. Minnesota at TD Garden.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” Udoka said after the match. “He said it wasn’t even a specific game that he remembered, but he got out of the game, he was in pain, obviously he came back to get checked and he was in a bit of pain, and it will be scanned in the morning and then we’ll know.”

Udoka went on to say that other than knowing Williams had pain on the “lateral side” of his left knee, he didn’t know how long Williams would be out, saying that would only be determined after scans on Monday. .

Williams, who finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in 24 minutes Sunday, has been a revelation this season for the Celtics. After playing a combined 113 games in his first three NBA seasons due to a series of injuries, Williams – who agreed to a four-year, $50 million extension with Boston before the start of the season – has become a All-Defensive Team candidate. , playing a career-high 61 games and averaging 10 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 73.6 percent from the field.

Williams has been a big part of tearing Boston apart over the past two months as the Celtics are now 24-4 in their last 28 games following Sunday’s blowout win over Minnesota, a streak that tied the Celtics with the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Boston’s 24-4 record since Jan. 23 is the best in the NBA, and the Celtics have outscored teams in that span with an impressive 16.4 points per 100 possessions, thanks to the league’s best offense ( 119.8 points per 100 possessions) and defense (103.4). The defensive mark is 5.5 points per 100 possessions better than the second-place team — the same gap between second and 20th place in the league during this streak.

After Sunday’s game, the team was scheduled to fly to Toronto, where they will face the Raptors on Monday in the second half of a straight streak. Williams won’t make the trip, nor will fellow starter Al Horford, who missed Sunday’s game for personal reasons, and Udoka said Horford is also expected to miss Monday’s game.

Udoka also said Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown could also miss the game, after they were both game-time deciders – but ultimately played against Minnesota – with right patellar tendinopathy and a right knee pain, respectively.

Monday’s game in Toronto is the first the Celtics will play there since the city changed its rules regarding player vaccination status starting Jan. 15. Since then, unvaccinated players have not been allowed to play games in Toronto. The starkest example of this is Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who played his first game in New York on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets after the city changed its vaccination laws to allow unvaccinated athletes playing for local teams to play at home.

When asked directly after Sunday’s game if everyone on the Celtics, if healthy, was eligible to play in Monday’s game in Toronto, the Celtics declined to comment.

After Sunday’s games, the Celtics are half a game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks in third and the Philadelphia 76ers in fourth in the East, while the Raptors are one game behind the Chicago Bulls in fifth and one game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the seventh — putting into play a first-round series between Toronto and Boston.

The playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 16 and 17, with games 3 and 4 of the first round – which would take place in Toronto – likely the following weekend.

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