Celtics' Robert Williams out for Game 6 vs. Bucks with knee injury

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Robert Williams ruled out for Celtics' must-win Game 6 vs. Bucks originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics will have to extend their season without their starting center.

Robert Williams has been ruled out of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night due to left knee soreness, head coach Ime Udoka announced.

Williams has now missed three consecutive games after sitting out Games 4 and 5. Head coach Ime Udoka said Friday that Williams suffered a left knee bone bruise in Game 3 after taking a shot from Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, causing swelling and soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. While the swelling has mostly subsided, per Udoka, Williams' knee soreness will keep him out yet again.

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The Celtics won Game 4 in Milwaukee without Williams, but they missed his presence dearly in Game 5, when the Bucks grabbed 17 offensive rebounds to Boston's five and took a late lead on Bobby Portis' rebound-and-layup with under 15 seconds remaining.

Grant Williams is expected to keep his place in the starting lineup alongside Al Horford, while Daniel Theis (11 points on 5 for 5 shooting in Game 5) will be asked to step up once again as the Celtics try to steal a win in Milwaukee to force a Game 7 back in Boston.

NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Game 6 begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live" ahead of 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off.