The 24-year-old big man, who had surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee back on March 30, has been pain free following consecutive 5-on-5 work at practice, which could eventually lead to an increase in playing time come Game 4 on Monday night if he can go tomorrow.
Williams played pain-free 5-on-5 in consecutive practices and will make his return from meniscus surgery on March 30.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 22, 2022
Two weeks ago, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told reporters that the team was "going in with the mindset" that Williams would miss at least the entire first-round and he doubled down on that last week, despite his starting center's recovery being reportedly ahead of the scheduled 4-6 week original timetable.
"He'll travel with us. It's different than the end of season when in the early stages of his rehab we wanted him to be here," Udoka said during Thursday's post-practice presser. "This is the time of year we want him around the team camaraderie-wise and his impact just being around the group, to be in the playoff atmosphere. So he'll travel with us.
"And regarding him, he's progressing well. He's had no setbacks and that benchmark of where we aimed of 4-6 weeks is looking good. We're happy with his progress."
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams is close to a return and could play in Game 3 (Saturday) or Game 4 (Monday) vs. Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Final determination will be made on how Williams feels day-to-day after suffering torn meniscus on March 27.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 22, 2022
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