With the playoffs right around the corner, the status of Robert Williams is the biggest question facing the Celtics right now. Williams hasn’t played since March 27, when he suffered a torn meniscus that required surgery. A the time, the prognosis was he’d miss 4-6 weeks.
On Friday, Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens joined 98.5’s Toucher & Rich, and was asked about Williams’ status. His update was encouraging, especially given the reaction at the time of Williams’ injury.
“Everything up to today has just been progress. Just making really good progress” Stevens said. “I think he was two or three days out from the surgery and he was on the leg extension machine. Obviously super light, but he’s just walking around like he had nothing. So I just think that – I’m not surprised that he is progressing and feels good, all of that every day.”
So, what does that mean for Williams’ timetable to return? “He’s not going to be on the court until we feel 100 percent confident and he feels 100 percent confident that he is ready to play at a really good level,” Stevens noted. “Now he may have to come back, whenever he comes back, and play more of a restricted role as far as minutes go, but there is obviously the challenges and tasks at hand and he is doing everything he can to get back for whenever he can get back.”
“There’s also the fact that this guy has a contract that’s four years beyond this and is a huge, huge part of our future,” Stevens added. “So, we’re going to be smart about it. But it does feel like he’ll be back on the court in a fairly short amount of time when you consider what it could have been when he first had the injury.”
In addition to Williams’ health, Ainge talked about the impact Al Horford has made this season, and the state of the team as a whole heading into the playoffs. You can hear the full conversation below.
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