The Boston Celtics are currently up two games to none on the Brooklyn Nets. This team has looked good so far in the playoffs and are two wins away from heading to the next round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They’ve been doing this without the services of center Robert Williams III, as he’s been battling back from a meniscus tear. But they just got a boost back a few hours ago when Shams Charania put out this encouraging tweet.
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams is close to a return and could play in Game 3 (Saturday) or Game 4 (Monday) vs. Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Final determination will be made on how Williams feels day-to-day after suffering torn meniscus on March 27.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 22, 2022
So now, Robert Williams might be back for game three or game four. So where are we at with wanting Williams back in the fold? Allow me to give an insight or two.
Have Robert Williams Play in Game 4
Honestly, you’re better off waiting until game 4 to have Robert Williams play. You have a 2-0 series lead and have been fine without Williams in the fold. Game three isn’t a make or break game for the Celtics right now. If they lose, then they still are up 2-1 in the series with a split still reasonably in sight. If you win, you’re up 3-0 and pretty much clinched the series at that point. Either way, give Robert Williams that extra two days to rest to make sure he is 100% ready.
Wait Out the Series
You could get really crazy and play the wait and see game with the Celtics big man. Maybe you get lucky and win the series in five games. that gives Robert Williams more time to be ready for round two. Maybe you wait until the series is tied and release your game changing center. Maybe the Celtics surprise us and have Williams suited up tomorrow night for game three. The point is it’s a waiting game at this point. I love Robert Williams as much as the next Celtics fan. But the Celtics have to look out for his long-term health.
I love Robert Williams. But we need to make sure he is ready for the long haul. Beyond this season, Robert Williams is crucial to the Celtics success. This is great news that he could be back sooner than expected. But keep doing what you’re doing. It’s gotten you to a 2-0 series lead. Now you have that ace in your back pocket that you can play at anytime you feel necessary.
-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793 on Twitter)
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