NBA rumors: Robert Williams downgraded to questionable for today

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Jared Weiss: Rob Williams was officially cleared to play yesterday and will be on a heavy minutes restriction the first few games.
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."
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: 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.
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
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."
Celtics rookie Robert Williams on Tuesday confirmed that he has played through an artery condition in his legs that can cause cramping and calf pain, but he said the issue has dissipated recently and is not a major concern moving forward. “Yeah, it was just a time-to-time thing,” Williams told the Globe. “I haven’t been dealing with it for a while really. The last time was in the middle of my college season last year.”
Williams, who was drafted 27th overall by the Celtics last month, said that NBA teams were aware of his issue and that it came up frequently during the pre-draft process. “Definitely, they asked me about it,” he said. “Every team is supposed to have concerns about what they’re investing money in, and I tell them it’s under control. I’ve been playing with it for two years in college and playing pretty well. It starts like a little burning sensation and then it’ll just cramp up. It goes away though. I play through it.”
Fred Katz: Larranaga on Williams’ status: “I think they said yesterday he was at around 65, 70 percent he felt, which is good.” pic.twitter.com/gvSZdIpc7e
Jay King: Robert Williams won’t be practicing today with the group. He’ll go through an individual workout.
Boston Celtics rookie Robert Williams has an artery condition in both of his legs, multiple sources tell MassLive. A source described the condition as, "not too serious." It could, however, require a procedure if it were to degenerate down the line.
NBA teams, including the Celtics, were aware of Williams' condition at the time of the draft -- as was Texas A&M, where Williams went to college. The rookie has been playing with the condition for years, sources told MassLive. The L.A. Clippers' doctors performed his predraft physical and disseminated results to other organizations upon request, standard procedure for a prospect. The Celtics have also done their own physicals on Williams.
Jared Weiss: Celtics coach Jay Larranaga didn’t get a medical update after the game on Robert Williams. This is your medical update on Robert Williams.
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The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and he’d recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brown’s way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, “I shot it too hard, I was trying to get it up a little higher, but he was nowhere near the ball, looking at the pictures and the film. “I could’ve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,” he said. “I made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.”
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Paul’s stabilizing presence has been a huge reason why the Suns are a game away from ending Denver’s season. He has scored 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, with eight assists and no turnovers combined in the three fourth quarters in this series, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. “We just got to make it more difficult on him,” Nuggets guard Monte Morris said. “He’s a Hall of Fame point guard, top five easily, still playing in the NBA. … He’s getting everybody involved. CP is a tough cover for anybody, but we have to just stick to our game plan and try to execute it the best way we can.