Celtics Oft-Injured Big Man Sidelined Again As Playoffs Approach

It's getting to be an annual occurrence, unfortunately for the Boston Celtics. As sure as the NBA playoffs are in sight, their crucial rim-protecting presence, center Robert Williams III goes down with an injury. This time, it's a strained hamstring.

Currently, it's not being looked at as being as serious as last year's torn meniscus in his knee that kept him out of the last seven games of the regular season and another seven in the playoffs. But it's concerning, nonetheless, as Williams has had trouble staying on the court throughout his young career. 

Right now, the hamstring injury will keep him for seven-to-ten days, says head coach Joe Mazzulla. But according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, "considering his injury history, it could be considerably longer.

"It may even be the most prudent move to shut him down for the regular season," continued Washburn. "He hasn’t proven capable of staying healthy and hamstrings are tricky."

Mazzulla admitted they won't push Williams to return before he's ready, but they certainly do need his defensive presence. “So, we’re not going to rush him by any means, but when he’s healthy, we need him, and we want to play him," said the Celtics' coach.

Williams is averaging 8.4 points and 8.6 rebounds a game in the 28 games he has suited up this season. He also missed the first 29 games of the campaign recovering from an offseason meniscus surgery.

Since he became a regular three seasons ago, Williams has missed 88 games due to injury. 

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