Return Timeline For Celtics Robert Williams Revealed

The Boston Celtics took a nasty hit to their plans this week when Robert Williams suffered a torn meniscus. News has broken Wednesday morning that Williams has now had surgery to repair the tear, and the timeline for his return is somewhat positive.

NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Williams is expected to return within 4-to-6 weeks; that's a timetable that could see him back on the court as soon as the 2nd-round of Eastern Conference playoffs—if the Celtics advance past what should be a tough 1st-round series. 

In addition, Woj reports that there's some "initial optimism of a return on the shorter end of the timeline." The 2nd round would begin around May 1st, just past that 4-week period. 

As a critical part of Boston's NBA-leading defense, Williams will be missed in the meantime, but the hope is that superstar Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be able to lead the way until their big man returns. 

The Celtics have gone 24-5 in their last 29 games, and are in a scrap for top spot in the East, along with the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, all separated by 1.5 games. 

The 24-year old Williams signed a four-year, $52 million extension in the offseason. He's averaging 10 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. 

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