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Checking in on Robert Williams’ injury ahead of 2022-23 NBA season

Here’s the latest on the Celtics big man as the 2022-23 season nears.

Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets - Game Four
Robert Williams III of the Boston Celtics celebrates with Marcus Smart in the final minutes of the Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on April 25, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-112.
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The Boston Celtics are hoping to get back to the NBA Finals after a disappointing finish to last season’s campaign. The Celtics have had some big offseason issues, with most notable being head coach Ime Udoka’s season-long suspension. Center Robert Williams, who played through a knee injury last season, had surgery to clean up the issue ahead of the 2022-23 season. Here are the latest updates.

Robert Williams injury updates

October 18 update - Williams received a PRP injection in his knee and is targeting a return to the court by December or January, according to Shams Charania. The big man might be out later than that though, which does hurt the Celtics on the interior. Al Horford looks to be in line for heavy minutes with Williams out.


Williams is expected to miss 8-12 weeks recovering from the surgery, which means he’s going to be out for at least the first month of the regular season. There’s a chance he misses another month if we look at the back end of this timeline. Grant Williams and Al Horford will have to pick up the additional minutes, but neither can replicate Williams’ rim protection and athleticism at the basket. The Celtics hope he can come back at 100% as soon as possible.