Celtics’ Robert Williams remains out for Game 6 against the Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Boston forward/center Robert Williams missed his third straight game with a left knee injury as the Celtics tried to keep their season alive Friday night in Game 6 against the Milwaukee Bucks .

Williams had been listed as questionable on the Celtics injury report. Celtics coach Ume Idoka said during the team’s availability after the shootout Friday that Williams injured his knee in a collision with Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3.

“Once the swelling went down, we found out he had a bone bruise,” Udoka said on Friday before the game. “There is a high pain threshold there. This limits his movements when he bends a certain way.

Udoka said he didn’t believe it was a long-term problem.

The Bucks lead the Celtics 3-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with the winner set to face the Miami Heat. If necessary, Game 7 would be Sunday in Boston.

Bucks forward Khris Middleton has been out for the ninth straight game with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer gave no indication as to whether the three-time All-Star might be available the next time Milwaukee plays after Friday.

“He’s fine,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. ” He’s making progress. We are optimistic, but no new update.

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