It’s always something when the 76ers and Celtics are in the room together these days. The latest weird development between the two teams unfolded Friday night in Las Vegas where both of the team’s first-round picks were injured in their NBA Summer League debuts and left for the game.
Robert Williams exited after bumping his knee with another player and noticeably limping after. The Celtics reviewed his status during halftime and pulled him from action six minutes into his career with the team. He shot 2-for-4 with four points and two rebounds, with a dump into the low post for a dunk and a mid-range jumper.
Robert Williams got UP for this rebound. His athleticism has certainly popped in this first quarter. Upside remains salivating. pic.twitter.com/YWkHL8JpT4— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) July 7, 2018
He was visible on the bench after the half with an ice pack attached to his left knee, which the team shortly announced suffered a contusion (or bruise). It is unclear but unlikely the incident relates back to the knee concerns that Jeff Goodman reported factored into Williams slipping to the Celtics at 27th overall in last month’s NBA Draft. Though it has undoubtedly been a wacky ride for the rookie between missed commitments, a draft spiral and now already his first professional injury.
Robert Williams in the paint pic.twitter.com/Fj1ikcfg8B— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) July 7, 2018
Landry Shamet, the 26th overall pick, followed the 27th to the locker room with a sprained right ankle, according to the 76ers, that he suffered following a scrum for a loose ball in the second quarter. He shot 2-for-5 with six points in his debut, before his limped off the floor and all the way down the hall.
Stay tuned for more coverage and updates live from Las Vegas from our own Chris Grenham and Keith Smith.