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Celtics Lose Robert Williams to Torn Meniscus Weeks Before the Playoffs

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exited Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with an injury. Head Coach Udoka said post game he was in severe pain, and on Monday it was announced he had torn the meniscus in his left knee. Celtics still won the game decisively and with that win they claimed the first seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics were three games below .500 at the start of the calendar year and have since had a miraculous turn around becoming one of the best teams in the entire NBA. Williams deserves a lot of the credit for the resurgence and he’s been in the conversation for defensive player of the year (together with his teammate and point guard Marcus Smart) and most improved player of the year.

Celtics have had bad luck when it comes to key players going down right before – or in the early stages of – the playoffs. In 2017 Isiah Thomas went down with a hip injury; 2018 Kyrie Irving missed it due to knee injuries; in 2020 Gordon Hayward left due to ankle issues and was never quite the same when he returned; 2021 Jaylen Brown injured his wrist and had a season-ending surgery. Now Robert Williams is the latest to that list.

Ime Udoka said prior to Monday night’s loss to the Raptors that they are “exploring surgical options” for Williams who, at the moment, is out indefinitely. The most positive outcome is that he is eligible to return in 4-5 weeks.

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