Report: Celtics Could Get Huge Boost This Weekend With Return of Big Man

As if the Brooklyn Nets didn't have their hands full as it is with the Boston Celtics, a report on Friday suggests that the Celts, up 2-0 in the series, could be getting one of their defensive anchors, Robert Williams, back as early as Game 3. 

Sources have told Shams Charania of The Athletic that Williams could play in Game 3 on Saturday or Game 4 on Monday. It will be a day-to-day process on the final decision as to when he returns. 

The 24-year-old Williams has been out for nearly a month after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee. It's been 23 days, in fact, since the "4-to-6 week timeline" was set for his recovery. So he could be a bit ahead of schedule. Coach Ime Udoka said Williams has been playing some 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 this past week, and that their timeline is indeed "looking good". 

The 6'8" center lifted his game to new heights this season, at both ends of the floor, providing elite rim protection, while scoring 10.0 points per game along with 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, and shooting 73.6% from the floor. 

The Celtics have handled the Nets thus far through two games of their series, winning both games at home. The series switches to Brooklyn for the next two, so Williams' presence would be a welcome boost for Boston.

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