Williams, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 7, has been asymptomatic since beginning his quarantine period last week, Tom Westerholm of Boston.com reports.
According to the NBA's COVID-19 protocols, Williams will be required to self-isolate for 10 days to the date of his positive test, and he won't be allowed to exercise while in quarantine. If he remains negative and asymptomatic once the 10-day period concludes, Williams would then have to complete three days of monitored exercising before receiving clearance to rejoin the Celtics, so his absence is expected to be closer to two weeks in length. That timeline would make the Celtics' Jan. 20 game in Philadelphia as the earliest possible date for Williams to return to action.
Williams has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Wizards and for the immediate future after testing positive for COVID-19, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Williams is currently asymptomatic and will need to clear the NBA's health and safety protocols before being able to rejoin the team. Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams will also be sidelined for at least the next week due to contact tracing.
Williams (health and safety protocols) is questionable for Friday's game against Washington, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
All four of Williams, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Tristan Thompson are listed on the injury report with the same designation, so it's likely they're undergoing contact tracing for the virus.
Williams produced 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-3 FT), 15 rebounds, two blocks and one steal over 20 minutes in Monday's 126-114 road win over the Raptors.
The big center scored all his points in the second half. His 15 rebounds led Boston. Williams' raw energy helped him out-produce fellow bigs Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson. Before Monday, the third year veteran was averaging only 16 minutes per game. But if he continues to deliver high-energy performances like he did Monday, Williams' minutes should grow. He'll need to continue his high level of play if Boston wants to defeat Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Williams posted six points (3-4 FG), 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes Wednesday in the Celtics' 126-107 win over the Grizzlies.
Williams didn't enter the starting five with top center Tristan Thompson (hamstring) sitting out, but the latter's absence opened up extra playing time off the bench for the 2018 first-round pick. The 23-year-old took advantage of the increased minutes and provided some eye-popping production on the defensive end. These sorts of numbers don't come out of nowhere for Williams -- for his career, he's averaged 4.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per 36 minutes -- but he may need Thompson to miss more games in order to get the playing time he needs to deliver consistent fantasy value.
The Celtics exercised Williams' $3.66 million option for 2021-22 on Tuesday, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Boston will retain Williams' rights for a fourth year after the 23-year-old center showed flashes of dominance on the defensive end over his first two-plus seasons in the league. Williams had a breakout performance in the one-point loss to the Pacers on Sunday (12 points, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 22 minutes), but he saw his playing time cut in half for Tuesday's rematch with Indiana. Expect Williams' minutes to vary from game to game while head coach Brad Stevens continues to mix and match with a three-man center rotation that also includes Tristan Thompson and Daniel Theis.
Williams tallied 12 points (6-7 FG), four rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist in 22 minutes during Sunday's 108-107 loss to Indiana.
Williams was back on the floor for the Celtics after missing the previous game due to illness. He hit the ground running in this one, turning in an impressive performance. Daniel Theis started at center but played just 15 minutes. While there has been no indication Williams will be shifting into the starting unit, the playing time is certainly encouraging. While there is an element of risk, Williams could be worth a look if you need a big man with upside.
Williams (illness) will be available for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Williams missed the Christmas Day game against the Nets due to an illness, but he's expected to play Sunday. He'll be fighting for minutes at center with Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson.
Williams (illness) will not play in Friday's game against the Nets, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Williams popped up on the injury report earlier in the day with a non-COVID illness, and he's now been downgraded to out. Expect Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson to soak up most of the minutes at center.
Williams (illness) is considered questionable for Friday's game against Brooklyn, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
Williams came down with an illness and was a late addition to the injury report. The illness does not appear to be COVID-related, so there's still a chance the big man could be active. Williams saw 12 minutes of action in Wednesday's opener against Milwaukee, finishing with four points, four rebounds and a block.
Williams will come off the bench during Friday's preseason finale against the Nets, Marc D'Amico of the Celtics' official site reports.
Williams started the Celtics' first of two preseason games with Daniel Theis (back) out. With Theis back, Williams will come off the bench.
Williams registered eight points (4-5 FG, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, an assist and a block across 19 minutes in Tuesday's 108-99 preseason loss against the 76ers.
Williams ended two points and four boards shy of a double-double, but he still looked productive considering he didn't even reach the 20-minute plateau. His best path at playing time will be to work as Daniel Theis' backup option at center, though Williams will compete with Tristan Thompson for that role.
Williams came of the bench and provided four points and six boards over 18 minutes in Friday's 92-87 Game 7 win over the Raptors.
Starting center Daniel Theis was in foul trouble for much of the game, which necessitated big minutes from Robert and Grant Williams. The taller Robert Williams played more minutes than Grant, but it was Grant Williams who saw crucial fourth-quarter minutes when Theis fouled out. Still, Robert Williams was energetic on the boards and played solid defense that led to a plus/minus ratio of plus-7. The second-year pro and his Celtic teammates will now move on to play Miami on Tuesday in the Eastern Conference finals.
Williams generated 11 points (5-5 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and one block over 19 minutes in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Raptors.
Williams was perfect from the field and scored 10 of his 11 points in the first half. On a first half put-back dunk, the reserve center landed awkwardly on his lower back and was seen on the bench with an ice pack wrapped around his lower torso. Williams returned later for more court action, but he wasn't his explosive self. Fellow reserve center Enes Kanter spent the entire game on the bench. Regardless, Boston still out-rebounded Toronto 44-41. Assuming no back problems, it certainly appears that Williams has passed Kanter on the depth chart for this series.
Williams generated two points (1-4 FG), six rebounds and one assist over 13 minutes in Monday's 109-101 Game 1 win over Philadelphia.
Coach Brad Stevens decided to play the second-year big man every time Philly rested Joel Embiid and shifted Al Horford to center. Williams brought high-energy to the court, but he missed a few close-to-the-basket shot attempts. Stevens clearly prefers to have Daniel Theis or Enes Kanter bang against Embiid. Monday marked Williams' fourth career playoff game. Expect similar minutes from the young big man in Wednesday's Game 2 contest.
Williams played just six minutes in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Williams managed six points on 3-of-3 shooting, but his time on the floor was limited, which is a good sign as the playoffs approach. Daniel Theis will function as the Celtics' starting center, but Williams appears to have worked his way into the backup role.
Williams produced 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and three blocks in Tuesday's 122-107 win over the Grizzlies.
After beginning the Orlando restart with three straight DNP's, Williams has now averaged 14.8 minutes, 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds over the past four contests. The young reserve big man has also shot 82.6 percent from the field over that stretch. Williams and Enes Kanter have recently supplied quality minutes off the bench, allowing coach Brad Stevens to rest starter Daniel Theis, who only played 18 minutes during Tuesday's victory. Over 28 appearances for the season, Williams now has five games with three or more blocks. Boston has now won four straight. Williams could see extended run Thursday versus Washington if Stevens decides to rest his starters before the playoffs.
Williams put up 18 points (7-7 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a steal in just 19 minutes in Wednesday's 149-115 win over the Nets.
The 18 points were a career high for the young center, who hadn't played in Boston's first three games since the restart. This game was a blowout from the second quarter on, which allowed coach Brad Stevens to give significant minutes to many of his reserves. Still, Williams was so efficient from the field that he certainly deserved the extra run. Both teams were playing in the second of back-to-backs, with the Celtics having something to prove after losing to the Heat. Don't expect another 19 minutes for Williams when Boston faces the Raptors on Friday.
Williams produced seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal over 11 minutes of run during Friday's 98-84 scrimmage loss to OKC.
A hip injury forced the young center to miss almost all of December through February. Williams returned for four games in early March, only to then face the sports stoppage. So it's a joy to see the big fella crashing the boards and intimidating shots in Orlando. Some view the 22-year-old as Boston's defensive secret weapon for the Orlando play-in games. Expect coach Brad Stevens to experiment with Williams' rim protection before the playoffs start.
Williams (coach's decision) didn't see the court during Tuesday's 114-111 win over the Pacers.
Williams had been listed as probable due to a back sprain but didn't end up taking the court in this one. He continues to provide decent per-minute numbers when he is part of the rotation, but he rarely sees more than 10-to-15 minutes.
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