Report: Celtics set date for Robert Williams’ return to action
December 15th, 2022
When the Celtics return home from their West Coast road trip on Friday, they’ll be as healthy as they’ve been all season. That’s because center Robert Williams is planning to make his season debut in Friday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, according to multiple reports.
Williams has missed the first 29 games of the season while recovering from a knee procedure he underwent just before the start of training camp. That procedure related to an injury he suffered last season that limited him down the stretch and during the playoffs.
So far, both Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic have reported that Williams will play Friday night against the Magic. The team listed his status as ‘questionable’ on their latest injury report on Thursday afternoon, the first time he’s been listed as anything but ‘out’ all season.
Speaking with Zolak & Bertrand on Thursday afternoon, Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla described Williams’ status as “day-to-day.” This was prior to the reports from Wojnarowski and Charania.
The team hasn’t held any media availability since those reports, so it’s not yet clear if Williams will start or if he will have any sort of minutes restriction, and what that restriction might look like. Mazzulla is scheduled to speak before the game on Friday.
Last season was a breakout year for Williams. He played in and started a career-high 61 games, averaging 10 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 73.6 percent from the floor. He was considered one of the favorites to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award prior to his injury.
Williams might not be the only player returning to the Celtics’ lineup for this game too. Forward Al Horford is expected to return after he missed the last five games due to a combination of being in the league’s health & safety protocols, and then leaving to be with his family as his wife delivered the couple’s fifth child. The only player projected not to be available is forward Danilo Gallinari, who tore his ACL in the offseason and is expected to be out for the year.
The Celtics and Magic tip off at TD Garden Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins with Celtics Pregame at 7:00 on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Celtics Radio Network.
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