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Amanda Pflugrad: Robert Williams (left knee soreness) – QUESTIONABLE for Game 4
Keith Smith: Ime Udoka on Rob Williams’ health: “Some days he feels great, some days he doesn’t feel as good. That’s why we’ve been so intentional with him. He’s truly day-to-day. We never really know until he ramps up before games.”
Taylor Snow. Celtics Injury Report vs. Golden State (6/8): Robert Williams – Left Knee Soreness – QUESTIONABLE
Jay King: Ime Udoka said the time off between games has been “beneficial” for Robert Williams. Also thinks it’s beneficial to keep holding down his minutes. Thought Williams had “a little more pop in his step” last game.
Marc Stein: The Celtics now say Robert Williams (left knee soreness) is available for tonight’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
John Karalis: Robert Williams is going to start. Ime says the extra rest means they can increase his minutes and he’s not under any restrictions, but they’re conscious of how much time he plays.
Tim Bontemps: The Celtics say Robert Williams is questionable with left knee soreness for Game 1. No one else is on Boston’s injury report.
Jared Weiss: Ime Udoka says that Marcus Smart’s rolled ankle will improve over time, but Rob Williams knee will continue to make him day to day throughout the Finals due to the surgery recovery & the bone bruise form colliding with Giannis. Both will be questionable for Game 1 of the Finals.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams and Marcus Smart will both start with No minutes restrictions.
Marc Stein: Marcus Smart and Robert Williams will play in tonight’s Game 7, Celtics say.
Jay King: Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are both questionable again for Game 7, per the Celtics.
Tim Bontemps: The Celtics say Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are available for Game 6 tonight.
Gary Washburn: Marcus Smart and Robert Williams will be tested pregame and remain game-time decisions. Udoka is not giving any early hints. #Celtics #Heat.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston Celtics center Robert Williams will test his left knee in warmups, but there’s optimism he’ll be available for Game 5 vs. Miami tonight, sources tell ESPN.
Jared Weiss: Marcus Smart and Rob Williams are questionable for tomorrow’s Game 5, per Celtics.
Mark Murphy: Celtics announce that Marcus Smart (sprained right ankle) is out. Robert Williams (knee) and Jayson Tatum (shoulder impingement) are available.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart is still dealing with significant swelling. Robert Williams has made progress, per Udoka. Jayson Tatum is “good to go.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: There’s more optimism that Boston’s Robert Williams will return to the lineup than Marcus Smart in Game 4 vs. Miami tonight, sources tell ESPN.
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.
The Vertical: Marcus Smart (ankle sprain) and Robert Williams (knee soreness) are questionable for Game 4 tomorrow. The Celtics have listed Jayson Tatum as probable. pic.twitter.com/hIQwQponsx
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams “is truly day to day.” He’s likely to be dealing with the issue through the rest of the playoffs, per Udoka, but could return as early as Game 4.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston Celtics C Robert Williams (left knee) is expected to be out for Game 3 vs. Miami tonight, sources tell ESPN.
Ira Winderman: Per Celtics: Robert Williams (left knee soreness) – QUESTIONABLE
Brian Robb: Rob Williams is off the Celtics injury report for Game 1 against the Heat. Marcus Smart is questionable. Sam Hauser remains out.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams will be available with no minutes restriction beginning in Game 1.
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.
Steve Bulpett: Celtics listing Robert Williams as questionable (left knee soreness) for Game 5.
Jay King: Robert Williams is out today with left knee soreness, per the Celtics. That’s the knee on which he recently underwent surgery.
Keith Smith: Robert Williams on how he’s feeling: “No pain at all. Knee is responding well. On the recovery days, it’s responding well.” Williams added that he felt a “step behind on defense”, but thinks it was good to knock the rust off.
Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams has had no setbacks. He can get in “the 24 (minute) range” tonight, but will come off the bench.
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.
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.
Robert Williams: Surgery went well, Preciate all the prayers and concern!
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.
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July 4, 2022 | 10:35 pm EDT Update
With four years left on Kevin Durant’s contract, and Kyrie Irving having opted in to the last year of his deal, the Nets have leverage and every intention of using it. And league personnel say the Nets have implied if they don’t get what they want, this could well drag on into training camp.
Nets general manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai had agreed to work with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman to try to trade him to one of his preferred landing spots. But in the end, Durant and Irving are expected to be moved where and when it works best for Nets management.
How the Nets deal with Joe Harris may be the best indicator of how they plan to proceed. He’s the longest-tenured Net, often consulted by Marks on major decisions. “I know the Nets absolutely do not want to trade Joe under any scenario,” a league source familiar with Brooklyn’s thinking told The Post. “But there are just thousands of different ways this can play out.”
Taken in the most recent draft at No. 8 overall by New Orleans, Australian product Dyson Daniels is already impressing the Pelicans’ coaching staff. “We’re playing him in scrimmages we’re putting him in multiple spots,” said Pelicans lead assistant coach Jarron Collins, who will coach in Summer League. “Obviously, he can be a primary ball-handler, he can literally play 1-4 and defend every single position.”
Standing 6′8 with a 6′11 wingspan, Daniels has physical tools to be inserted in various scenarios on the floor in various roles. “Frankly, his versatility will allow us to be creative with our lineups,” Collins said. “And his availability to us putting him in different spots.”
There’s a possibility that the son of a former New Orleans NBA great may become an LSU Tiger. LSU men’s basketball head coach Matt McMahon has given an offer to four-star recruit Andrej Stojakovic, according to a social media post from AAU team Compton Magic out of California. Andrej, the small forward who plays for the Compton AAU team and Jesuit High in California, is the son of former New Orleans, then known as Hornets, great Peja Stojakovic.