How the Boston Celtics can win Game 6 and save their season

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

The Boston Celtics need to get Robert Williams back on the court

Much of the narrative this series has been about the Bucks missing their third star Khris Middleton. While that’s been a big part in how Milwaukee has played, the Celtics have also been forced to play most of this series at less than full strength too. Marcus Smart was forced to miss Game 2 with a thigh injury, and Robert Williams has missed the past two games with knee soreness.

Boston actually won the first two games they found themselves without a starter, but it finally caught up to them last night. A huge reason the Celtics lost was because Milwaukee ended up securing 17 offensive rebounds compared to Boston’s five. The Bucks stuck with Bobby Portis in the fourth, and he dominated on the glass, as the C’s didn’t have anyone who could go up and get boards with him.

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That’s because Williams is usually that guy. In Game 4, the Bucks rolled with Brook Lopez, and while he was getting open as will on offense, it didn’t matter because Boston was getting whatever they wanted on the other end, partially because Lopez was sagging into the paint and Al Horford was draining threes. Portis is a better perimeter defender, and ensured Horford would have no such success this time around.

Williams may not be 100 percent in Game 6, but with the season on the line, he kind of has to suit up. The Bucks figured out that they can bully the Celtics on the offense glass without the “Time Lord”. The easiest fix to that problem is getting Williams back on the court and forcing Milwaukee to find a new way to win.