The Boston Celtics on Wednesday provided an update on injured center Robert Williams III.
Here’s what the team announced in a press release:
Celtics center Robert Williams III this morning underwent a successful partial left knee meniscectomy. The surgery was performed at New England Baptist Hospital by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Tony Schena, assisted by Dr. Glen Ross. Williams III is expected to be able to return to play in approximately 4-6 weeks.
Woj later added there’s “some optimism” that Williams could return on the shorter end of that timeline, which would open the door for Boston to potentially have the 24-year-old back in the lineup as soon as the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
All things considered, this is very good news for the Celtics, who are battling atop the Eastern Conference standings and suddenly faced the possibility of being without their starting center for the remainder the 2021-22 season. Williams has been a force, both offensively and defensively, amid Boston’s surge, and a prolonged absence certainly would hurt the Celtics’ chances of making a deep run in the postseason.
Williams suffered the knee injury Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves at TD Garden. He’s played in 61 games this season, averaging 10 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2 assists in 29.6 minutes per contest.
Williams, in his fourth season with the Celtics, took to Twitter after Wednesday’s surgery to provide his own brief update. Boston overall should be encouraged by this development.