It's been a grind of a postseason for Robert Williams.
The Boston Celtics big man has battled through a nagging knee injury throughout the playoffs after undergoing surgery on a torn left meniscus in March. He's been listed as questionable on every injury report since he returned to the C's lineup for Game 3 of the first round vs. the Brooklyn Nets.
When active, Williams hasn't been anything near 100 percent. While he's still found ways to be a difference-maker on both ends of the floor, the 24-year-old admits he's been frustrated by his limitations.
“It gets to me a lot,” Williams told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. “It’s hard to deal with. When I’m out there, the adrenaline and energy takes over so I don’t really think about it during games, but it for sure gets to me a lot.”
The Celtics have made every effort to keep Williams -- an X-factor for the team throughout the 2021-22 campaign -- on the court. Williams detailed the lengths in which they've gone to have him available, including draining his knee during the Eastern Conference Finals.
“Icing, deep tissue massages, treatment, wait three or four hours and then start the process all over again until [it’s time to sleep],” Williams said. “Usually that same routine. Maybe a little BFR [blood flow restriction training] here and there, but usually that same ritual.”
“I was really having my knee drained a lot last series. I stopped draining it because there was no point, in my opinion. My knee kept filling back up with fluid. So, I’ve kind of learned how to manage it to be able to play.”
It's the same routine for Williams heading into Thursday night's must-win Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics once again listed him as questionable heading into the matchup, but it's hard to believe Williams will miss this one after all he's already gone through.
“S***, we’re trying to win,” Williams told Yahoo Sports. “It’s crazy. I’m living my dream right now. Obviously, it would be way better if we win, but my whole thing is accountability for my team. Letting them know I’m here through whatever, and hopefully, the message is relayed to everyone else.”
Game 6 vs. the Golden State Warriors is set for a 9 p.m. ET tip-off Thursday at TD Garden.