Adrian Wojnarowski: 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.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams will travel with the Celtics. He’s progressing well, has had no setbacks. “That benchmark that we aimed (for) of 4-6 weeks is looking good.”
Chris Mannix: Ime Udoka says Rob Williams is playing three-on-three and “looking good at times.” Says Celtics are still planning on playing without him this series but is happy with Williams progress.
John Karalis: Robert Williams is doing a little bit more every day and has progressed to shooting drills on the floor. Ime: "We're happy with the progress but at the same time we understand it's gonna take time." He still says they're preparing to go the first round without Rob
John Karalis: Al Horford (back) and Jayson Tatum (knee) are out tonight. Marcus Smart is probable with a right ankle sprain. Robert Williams and Nik Stauskas remain out as well
Jay King: Robert Williams said he was “surprised at the relief I had after surgery, right after surgery.” He’s doing stationary exercises in the early stages of the rehab process now.
Jay King: Robert Williams said everything in his surgery went as well as it could go. He said everyone in the organization cares about him long term more than anything.
Tim Bontemps: Robert Williams says he has “all the faith in the world” in Boston’s medical staff getting him back on the court healthy. Said he followed the advice of the doctors and that he’s looking forward to getting back on the court.
Keith Smith: Rob Williams when he first felt the knee pain: "I was hurt. I was playing well. We were playing so well. I didn't even want to acknowledge it at first. I didn't even want to find out. But I was at the end of the bench and scared to even stand up. That's when I knew it was bad."
Chris Forsberg: Sounds like Robert Williams already back at facility today. Ime: "He's in the meetings, in the gym, in good spirits. And so getting him around and just getting that flexibility back in, off top. And then we can kind of build up pretty quickly from there."
Keith Smith: Ime Udoka on Robert Williams and optimism he can be back in 4-6 weeks: "There's optimism because the surgery went as well as possible. He'll hit the ground running with two-a-day work tomorrow. It's the best-case scenario, given the injury."
Brian Robb: Celtics announce Robert Williams underwent successful partial left knee meniscectomy this morning and confirm 4-6 weeks recovery timeline.
After undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee Wednesday morning, Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III is expected to return within four to six weeks -- a timetable that could land him back in the lineup as soon as the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, sources told ESPN. Williams suffered the tear Sunday night, but the extent of the injury allowed for a procedure that won't require him to be sidelined for several months, sources said.
There’s no set timetable for Williams’ return this season, sources said, although he’s expected to miss several weeks. After greater examination and further consultation with the medical staff, Boston will likely determine over the next week when its starting center can rejoin the team.
Brian Robb: Rob Williams will have surgery for his torn meniscus according to Ime Udoka. Will be varying return timetables depending on what type of surgery is decided upon later this week.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams has some optimism that he could return sometime this season. It depends on what type of surgery he needs.
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: Celtics C Robert Williams has suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee and will minimally miss several weeks. Further evaluation today will help provide a timetable. Boston moved into first-place Sunday, and Williams has been immense part of NBA’s best defense.
Brian Robb: Ime Udoka says he 'doesn't know' what happened with Rob Williams' knee. "He was in a quite a bit of pain." Too early to know if its a long-term thing according to Udoka.
Mark Murphy: Udoka said Al Horford (personal reasons) unlikely to play in Toronto tomorrow night. Coupled with Rob Williams' sprained knee, they will be shorthanded in the paint.
Jay King: Robert Williams on the knee soreness that sidelined him against OKC: "Really any little injury obviously coming toward the playoff time you get as much maintenance on it as you can. But definitely something I’ve gotta stay on top of."
Jay King: Robert Williams said he’s ready to be back. “Calf feeling great after the time off.” “So, ready to keep the same energy.”
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say both Marcus Smart (ankle sprain) and Robert Williams (calf tightness) are DOUBTFUL vs. Pistons. Still seem encouraging that Smart isn’t a full-blown out after rolling ankle.
Brian Lewis: Robert Williams III is doubtful according to #Celtics coach Brad Stevens. Kemba Walker will be evaluated tomorrow. #Nets #NBA
The Boston Celtics big man exited Friday night's Game 3 vs. the Brooklyn Nets after six minutes with a left ankle sprain. The severity of the injury currently is unclear, but Williams was ruled out for the rest of the game.
Stadium: "Sources tell me Robert Williams is expected to play in Game 1." Our #NBA Insider @ShamsCharania has the latest on the status of Celtics forward Robert Williams.
Keith Smith: Celtics injury report is lengthy for the Minnesota game on Saturday afternoon: Brown, Smart, Thompson, Walker, R. Williams - All OUT Fournier and Tatum - both probable.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Jaylen Brown is OUT vs Chicago. Robert Williams is now questionable with left foot turf toe. Tristan Thompson and Romeo Langford are both probable.
Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens says Rob Williams is still day-to-day, but hasn’t shown enough progress to play yet. Evan Fournier will probably play at some point this weekend, per Stevens.
Jared Weiss: Stevens' Celtics injury update: - Walker under the weather but "Hopefully will be able to go tomorrow." - Brown is doubtful for tomorrow with shoulder bursitis. - Smart is back - Fournier is out - Rob Williams "Tried to do a little bit more but won't be able to go tomorrow."
Keith Smith: Brad Stevens says Even Fournier will have his final testing to be cleared in the next couple of days. Stevens said Fournier will probably be doubtful Thursday and the team will determine his availability after that. Team is hopeful Robert Williams will return Thursday.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Jaylen Brown is questionable again Monday vs Bulls due to illness. Jayson Tatum is probable with a left ankle impingement. Robert Williams and Evan Fournier remain out.
Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens says Rob Williams has some swelling behind his knee. "They don't think it's anything more than day-to-day, but they gotta make sure."
Jay King: Robert Williams is now questionable for tonight’s game with left knee soreness, per the Celtics.
Jay King: Robert Williams (illness) is questionable for today’s game, according to the Celtics.
Jared Weiss: Rob Williams was officially cleared to play yesterday and will be on a heavy minutes restriction the first few games.
Brian Robb: Danny Ainge tells @Toucherandrich Rob Williams will travel with the team on West Coast trip and a target return date for him is still around March 1st.
Celtics big man Robert Williams hasn't played since Dec. 6 due to a left hip injury. But in an interview Friday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Williams is on track to return in a little under a month. "Robert Williams is progressing," Ainge said. "He was out working on the court (Thursday). He's starting his transition back into all the live action, and we anticipate him being back with us somewhere in the neighborhood of March 1."
Tom Westerholm: Brad Stevens says the Celtics don’t anticipate Robert Williams returning before All-Star break.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Robert Williams (hip) will get another MRI in about a week. He said he's pain-free now, adding that "it sucks" not being able to do any basketball-related activities.
Boston Celtics: #NEBHInjuryReport Following further testing, Celtics center Robert Williams has been diagnosed with a bone edema in his left hip and will be required to limit his basketball activities while it heals. His status will be reassessed in approximately three weeks.
Chris Forsberg: Robert Williams (sore ankle) and Daniel Theis (finger) both out vs Wizards. Javonte Green is available.
Tim Bontemps: The Celtics say Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis and Robert Williams are all probable for tomorrow’s game against the Hornets, while Enes Kanter is questionable.
John Karalis: Official Celtics injury report for tomorrow: Jaylen Brown is out, Enes Kanter is doubtful, Robert Williams is probable
Chris Forsberg: Celtics officially rule out Romeo Langford (sore right knee) and Tacko Fall (concussion protocol) for Wednesday’s opener in Philadelphia. Robert Williams does not appear on the injury report so he appears to be full-go for Wednesday night.
August 10, 2022 | 4:20 am EDT Update
Furthermore, the first-year head coach said one wrinkle he will implement and stick with is having the offense run through Anthony Davis, and James concurred, sources said. The team has been encouraged with Davis’ offseason progression and believe he’ll be in optimum shape to avoid serious injuries and carry a heavier load.
James is finalizing a destination to host the team’s annual minicamp prior to training camp, with San Diego being the likely landing space over Las Vegas, sources said. He’s hoping to build a better rapport with teammates before entering the 2022-23 season. The meeting was deemed productive and informative. Pelinka made his feelings clear that he wants James to retire as a Laker and promised to provide him with every resource possible to compete for a championship each year he’s with the organization, sources said.
And while contract dialogue was broached, the majority of the hour-long meeting was about expressing concerns, and hearing out strategies and opinions to assure there wouldn’t be a repeat of last season’s epic failure, league sources told Yahoo Sports. James, sources said, drilled home the importance of consistent competitiveness and cohesion, noting that last season’s team didn’t give themselves a chance on many nights. The focus for the future Hall of Famer is competing every night in order to give themselves a chance to compete for a championship.
As for roster tinkering, Pelinka explained patience will be key in any potential moves the team makes, sources said. In a collaborative effort, all parties appear to be aligned on a common vision of seeing how the roster plays out before any drastic moves are sought.
Do you get the sense that the Lakers are trying to make two separate trades using the firsts? One with Westbrook and one with Horton-Tucker/Nunn/etc.? — @crownroyalpapi_ Jovan Buha: Yes, insofar as I think the ultimate price to trade Westbrook will include attaching two first-round picks. If the Lakers can finagle an alternate outcome — be it a pick swap or two second-round picks — that’s a win for them, in my opinion. That seems unlikely, though, which is why there’s a possibility Westbrook isn’t traded. Between the two trades mentioned, the Lakers would prefer the Irving option. I think that’s a deal they’d eventually be willing to include two first-round picks for. I don’t think they’d be willing to do so in the Indiana deal.
Nets star Kyrie Irving wants to make it clear he does not hate coach Steve Nash or general manager Sean Marks despite what a source told The Post about his feelings Monday. “I am not sure where this narrative is coming from but Kyrie does not hate Steve nor Sean. That’s not a part of his being nor how he represents himself in the world. He’s about peace, love and acceptance,” his agent and stepmother Shetallia Riley Irving told The Post.
Durant, among other things, was not consulted on the Nets’ firing of assistant coach and director of player development Adam Harrington when the season ended, the source believes. “There are simple things that erode a relationship. You fired someone he was close to and didn’t have a conversation about it,” the source said.