NBA rumors: Robert Williams returning for Game 4

Shams Charania: Sources: Celtics center Robert Williams is likely to play in Game 4 tonight vs. Miami. Boston’s All-Defensive center missed Game 3 due to knee soreness.

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Jay King: Robert Williams will not play tonight in Game 6, per Ime Udoka. Udoka said the Celtics won’t put him out there until he’s 100 percent.
Keith Smith: Ime Udoka said that Robert Williams is still questionable. Swelling is down, but he's still sore. Udoka said that Williams had a scan and everything structurally is fine, but that Williams has a bone bruise from a collision with Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3.
Andrew Lopez: Ime Udoka says Robert Williams III is OUT tonight with left knee soreness. Swelling went down but still had soreness today so team being overly cautious.
Jay King: Robert Williams is out today with left knee soreness, per the Celtics. That’s the knee on which he recently underwent surgery.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams is still questionable. He has “cleared every bench mark” so far. Udoka said Williams could potentially play about 20 minutes if he does play.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said there is “minimal concern” about bringing Robert Williams into a tough playoff series, after an extended absence, based on how good he has looked. Said Williams looks “the same” as he did before the injury.
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: 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."
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.
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.
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 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."
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