Robert Williams III, the stalwart center for the Boston Celtics, has successfully undergone surgery on his left knee. Williams sustained a torn meniscus injury back in March and played through most of the playoffs while still injured. His knee finally gave out, rendering him unable to continue and necessitating emergency surgery.
The Celtics said on Friday that Williams will miss 8 to 12 weeks of basketball activity following successful arthroscopic surgery to remove foreign bodies and treat swelling in his left knee. Dr. Tony Schena, the team doctor for the Boston Celtics, carried out the operation at New England Baptist Hospital. Williams underwent surgery on the same knee he injured with a torn meniscus in March this year.
Important matches the Celtics will play in during the recovery period of Robert Williams
Robert Williams will miss several crucial games because he will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks following surgery, and his team will be desperate for him. The Celtics will meet the reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors, twice during his rehabilitation period, as well as the king, LeBron James’ side, the Los Angeles Lakers, twice.
However, given their current injury situation, the Celtics should pray and hope that their star players, such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, remain healthy. If they have any more injuries this season, they will have a challenging time finding replacements.
Who will replace Robert Williams?
During his absence, the Celtics’ bench players may have additional opportunities due to his recuperation. The team features a plethora of quality reserve players that can readily back up Williams. Last season, Williams averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game.
The Celtics have a lot of firepower on their roster, but the only big name Ime Udoka will need to start is Grant Williams, who can come off the bench and deliver instantly. According to our insider sources, Grant Williams and Al Horford’s duo played 1,565 minutes together last season and had a respectable +4.1 net rating. With that combination on the floor, Boston’s offensive rating was a sharp 115.7.