The Boston Celtics have a good chance to get starting center Robert Williams III back during the playoffs.
That’s a welcome bit of news amid major concerns for Williams following a knee injury suffered on Sunday against the Timberwolves. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams has undergone surgery to repair his meniscus and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He added that the Celtics are optimistic Williams will return “on the shorter end” of the 4-6 week timeline.
If that holds true, Williams will be ready to return around the start of the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs on April 30. But it also means the C’s know they’ll have to get through the end of the regular season and the first round without their starting center.
Williams had been averaging 10 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game, the last of which are second in the NBA behind only the Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. He also posted 3.9 defensive win shares, which rank third in the NBA behind only teammate Jayson Tatum and Denver’s Nikola Jokić.
Entering Wednesday, the Celtics (47-29) are in the third seed in the Eastern Conference. If the playoffs started today, they’d face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.
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