Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III expected to return from surgery

The Celtics are greatly missing the contributions of Robert Williams III. While it’s overly simplistic to blame all the defensive struggles on the absence of a key player, there’s no denying that a full-strength Rob would help immensely. So it’s nice to hear that he is traveling with the team and seems to be on schedule.

Via the globe

However, Williams remains on schedule to return to basketball within 8 to 12 weeks, reported Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. That doesn’t necessarily mean Williams will play games before the 12 weeks are up, as the timeline is simply about returning to basketball activities, but Friday marked the six-week mark since he underwent surgery.

Williams and the Celtics would indeed be wise to take things slow and get him back into action one step at a time. He was quite candid that he has no regrets playing through the pain in order to support the team through their run to the final. But with plenty of time left in the regular season and (hopefully) another long playoff streak to come, it would make sense to make sure he’s 100% healthy and ready to get back on the court. .

The team has enough talent to thrive in the regular season without him. Of course, that shouldn’t diminish his impact on both sides of the ball.

Via MassLive

“We’ll be a much better team,” Tatum told reporters on Saturday night. “That’s how important Rob is to our group. I cannot stress enough how important he is to the attacking side, the defensive side, his presence, his lob threat, his rim protection and his ability to pass the ball. Obviously we miss him but we don’t want to rush him because we want to win when it matters most.

Get well Rob soon, and take your time to do well.

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