NBA rumors: Robert Williams returning sooner than expected?

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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."
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."
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
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