Long Awaited Debut Date Announced For Boston Celtics Big Man

It seemed to be a crushing blow for the Boston Celtics when their frontcourt defensive anchor, center Robert Williams III underwent another knee surgery in the fall, and was said to be out until around Christmas. The Celtics survived quite well thus far, posting an NBA-best 22-7 record. And now they're getting their big man back. 

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Williams is planning to make his season debut Friday night against the Orlando Magic. He's been officially upgraded to "questionable," but all indications are that he will play. 

Things began looking up about a week ago, when Woj reported that Williams was progressing ahead of schedule, and would likely make his debut well before Dec. 25th. Now, indeed, the Celtics are getting an early Christmas present tomorrow night. 

Williams' surgery in September was to remove loose bodies and address swelling in his left knee, according to the team. He also went under the knife for his knee late last season.

He finished the 2021-22 campaign averaging 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 61 games and was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team. 

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