Report: Robert Williams expected to return to Celtics from injury by Christmas

Report: Robert Williams expected to return to Celtics from injury by Christmas

The Boston Celtics they have jumped to a 14-4 record this season, all without Robert Williams. However, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowskiis getting close to getting back on track.

In a recent edition of ESPN NBA CountdownWojnarowski reported that Williams could return by Christmas.

“Robert Williams, who had surgery on his left knee two months ago today,” Wojnarowski said. “His agent, Kevin Bradbury, told me tonight that he expected Robert Williams to be back by Christmas. That gives him another month here, he’s progressing well in his rehab. And listen, this is a player who had two interventions surgeries in the last calendar year. They certainly want to take their time. Even without him, this is a team with the best record in the NBA, but they expect him to be back by Christmas.”

The Celtics announced that Williams successfully underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on September 23, noting that he would be out for 8-12 weeks. It’s been roughly nine weeks since it was revealed.

Williams was an integral part of Boston’s success last year as he enjoyed a breakout season. He had career highs in games played (61) and minutes per game (29.6). The big man averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game on 73.6% shooting from the field, and earned second team defensive honors.

While Wojnarowski revealed that Christmas could be a possible return date for Williams, other reports indicate she could return earlier. According to Heavy Sports, Williams could return in December. But at the same time, the Celtics want to be very careful with him.

“You don’t feel like they’re too worried about it,” one Eastern Conference general manager told Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney. “Like, he could probably play in early December or so, but there’s no rush and they don’t want him back up.”

While a Nadal return would be a huge luxury for the league’s best team, his long-term well-being is far more important, especially considering the injury issues he’s dealt with for most of his career.

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