Celtics Center Reveals Return Date

The Boston Celtics are currently the best team in the NBA, at 14-4. And that's without the services to this point of their defensive anchor, Robert Williams. But according to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, his return has now tentatively been set: no later than Christmas Day, which just happens to be a juicy matchup against the second-best team in the league, the Milwaukee Bucks. 

"His agent Kevin Bradbury told me tonight he expects Robert Williams will be back by Christmas," Wojnarowski said. "That gives him another month here. He's progressing well on his rehab. This is a player who had two surgeries in the last calendar year. [The Celtics] certainly want to take their time."

Williams had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months ago; the troublesome joint also landed him on the operating table on March 30th and kept him out of the early part of Boston's playoff run to the Finals. 

The 6'9" rim protector was the anchor of the very best defense in the NBA last season. He registered 2.2 blocks per game, along with 9.6 rebounds and 10 points.

There's certainly no reason to rush the 25-year-old back onto the floor, however, with the Celtics rolling along atop the league. 

In the meantime, Woj still believes the Celts are on the hunt for more big man depth, just in case Williams has any trouble staying healthy, or if 36-year-old Al Horford gets worn down. 

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