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Celtics center Robert Williams active, available for Game 7

Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics - Game Two

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 03: Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics looks on before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 03, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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After missing three straight games with a bone bruise in the knee he had surgery on late in the season, Celtics’ center Robert Williams is active and available for Game 7, the team announced.

Coach Ime Udoka said Williams won’t start but would be available to play as needed. Williams’ return gives the Celtics athleticism and depth up front to try and match the Bucks, and in particular Giannis Antetokounmpo. Williams anchored the best defense in the NBA in the second half of the season.

Williams suffered the bone bruise in a collision with Antetokounmpo in Game 3.