Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams III was ruled out with left knee soreness Saturday before the start of Game 3 against the Miami Heat.

Player of the Game
Bam  Adebayo
EFF
41
Bam Adebayo
Points 31
Accuracy 15-22
Rebounds 10
Assists 6

He was added to the injury report earlier in the day.

Daniel Theis started in place of Williams with the series split after the first two games.

Williams played in the first two games of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals after a four-game absence due to issues with his left knee.

He contributed 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in 28 minutes in the Game 1 loss, but had just five points, four rebounds and three blocks in 20 minutes in the Game 2 victory.

Also, both Kyle Lowry (left hamstring) and forward P.J. Tucker (left knee) were healthy enough to start for the Heat on Saturday. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra had said previously that both players would go through their pregame routines before deciding if they could play.

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Boston Celtics
Miami Heat
49%
34/70
Field goals
47%
43/92
52
Rebounds
42
21
Assists
22
2
Steals
19
24
Turnovers
9
97
Efficiency
112

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Jaylen  Brown
40 PTS
14/20 FG
9/12 FT
Bam  Adebayo
31 PTS
15/22 FG
1/1 FT
Al  Horford
14 REB
12 DREB
2 OREB
Bam  Adebayo
10 REB
8 DREB
2 OREB
Marcus  Smart
7 As
4 TO
37 MIN
Miami Heat
Few players
6 As
Jaylen  Brown
34 EFF
100% 2P%
33% 3P%
Bam  Adebayo
41 EFF
71% 2P%
0% 3P%