Celtics’ Robert Williams III undergoes knee surgery, expected to resume basketball activities in 8-12 weeks

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Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this week, but the timeline for his recovery has changed. Although early reports suggested Williams would be out 4-6 weeks, the Celtics announced in a statement He will resume basketball activities in 8-12 weeks.

Williams has a long injury history, and most notably, suffered a torn meniscus last season that kept him out since the end of the regular season while limiting him in the playoffs. Williams relies heavily on his athleticism. He’s one of the NBA’s premier rim protectors and overall defenders, so getting him back to 100 percent physically is absolutely imperative.

The Celtics started 23-24 last season, but when they changed Williams’ role defensively and gave him more flexibility to roam and make plays, they came out on top. The Celtics finished with the NBA’s No. 1 defense, and if Williams had stayed healthy, it’s possible that he, not teammate Marcus Smart, would have won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

Boston will now have to deal with another injury without him. While he was playing for the Italian national team, the Celtics lost forward Danilo Gallinari to a torn ACL in the previous game. With Daniel Theis traded in the offseason, the Celtics will now have to lean on Al Horford and Grant Williams for even more minutes early in the season.

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