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.
Chris Grenham: Robert Williams (right hip contusion) and Guerschon Yabusele (left pinkie injury) are both out tonight vs. Denver, per the team.
Brian Robb: Robert Williams will be available tonight, so Celtics will have a fully healthy roster for the first time in weeks. Stevens: "It's pretty unique for us."
Rick Bonnell: Celtics center Robert Williams missed the dunk, then came down hard. Still on the floor in a Celtics timeout.
Gary Washburn: Williams is being helped to his feet and is walking slowly to the bench. He may be checked for concussion symptoms. #Celtics #Hornets
Chris Grenham: Gordon Hayward is officially out tonight due to the concussion protocol. Robert Williams is sick and also out, while Al Horford is available, per the team.
John Karalis: Celtics announce Gordon Hayward is now in the NBA Concussion Protocol and it doubtful vs. Denver. Al Horford is probable with a sore level knee. Robert Williams is sick and listed as questionable
John Karalis: No Kyrie Irving or Marcus Morris on the injury list so they seem to be available against the Lakers tomorrow. Baynes is out. Robert Williams is questionable
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Kyrie Irving is questionable vs Timberwolves due to right eye irritation. Aron Baynes and Robert Williams both remain out.
Gary Washburn: Robert Williams said his injury is near the left quad area and he has no idea how it happened, said he felt pain in shootaround. Unsure if he'll be available Saturday vs. #Grizzlies. #Celtics
Williams -- speaking at the unveiling of an Arbella Home Court Makeover in Kingston, MA -- said he has been working out on his own, rather than participating in 5-on-5 drills. "Still taking it day by day," Williams said. "There's people that have a lot of time, a lot of money invested in you now, they don't want to mess up what they got going. But I'm thankful for the trainers and the coaches, just taking it day by day."
August 16, 2022 | 2:22 am EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert will face the Utah Jazz for the first time on Oct. 21 in Minnesota and will return to Utah for the first time as an opponent on Dec. 9, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Marc Stein: The Knicks are scheduled to be in Dallas for former Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson’s return to Big D on Dec. 27, league sources tell me, two days after New York hosts Philadelphia on Christmas. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Sean Cunningham: The Sacramento Kings will be opening the 2022-23 NBA season on the home court of Golden 1 Center against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 19th, according to sources. @CarmichaelDave first to report.
Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren’t coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets. “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there,” said Windhorst. “Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
When it comes to Simmons, his unique skill set is incredibly enticing, but his best ability will be availability. Fortunately, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, that won’t be a problem for Simmons in 2022-23: “You and Kyrie and Ben Simmons — who, by the way, news flash here. I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a nice conversation … I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing. That’s the past. He’s ready to go. He swears he’s ready to go.”