Time Lord available to return for Celtics in Game 4 vs. Heat


The Boston Celtics are reportedly getting a much, much needed boost to their lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic reported that starting center Robert Williams III is likely to return to for the C's in Game 4 Monday night, a pivotal game at TD Garden for Boston to avoid falling behind 3-1 against the Miami Heat.

UPDATE 7:29 p.m. ET: The Celtics announced that Williams is available to play in Game 4, although the team will be without starting point guard Marcus Smart.

Williams will start in his return to the lineup; in seven games this postseason, he has come off the bench twice.

The Celtics are 5-2 without Time Lord this postseason, though they missed him dearly in a Game 3 loss to the Heat on Saturday night as Miami center Bam Adebayo went off for 31 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Williams is continuing to recover from surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee which cost him the final seven games of the regular season for Boston. 

In the playoffs to date, Time Lord is averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over seven games with five starts for the C's.