The Celtics have always stuck to a timetable of 4-6 weeks for center Robert Williams III to return. A new report suggests that they could get Williams back sooner than anyone expected.
According to Shams Charania, Williams is “close to a return” and could play in Game 3 on Saturday or Game 4 next Monday, April 25. Saturday would mark about three and a half weeks since Williams underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus on March 30, so in that case he’d be back on the court surprisingly soon. Monday would still be under four weeks.
The news comes after Charania reported earlier this week that the Nets are targeting Game 4 for point guard Ben Simmons to make his season debut.
Boston is up 2-0 in the series after coming back from down as many as 17 points in Game 2 on Wednesday at TD Garden. They’re 40-1 all-time in playoff series when they win the first two games.
UPDATE: Woj bomb! Adrian Wojnarowski followed up on Charania’s report with his own tweet saying that Williams “intends to return in limited minutes” in Game 3 on Saturday. Woj couched his report by saying Williams will return “barring a setback.”
Barring a setback, Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III intends to return in limited minutes for Game 3 vs. Brooklyn on Saturday, sources tell ESPN. If those minutes go smoothly, the expectation is that he’ll resume a significant minutes load for Game 4 on Monday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 22, 2022
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams is close to a return and could play in Game 3 (Saturday) or Game 4 (Monday) vs. Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Final determination will be made on how Williams feels day-to-day after suffering torn meniscus on March 27.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 22, 2022