The wait to get back to playing in NBA games is over for Robert Williams.
The Boston Celtics announced Friday that Williams, who has been sidelined since Dec. 9 with a left hip bone edema, has been cleared to play after the final scan of his hip came back clean.
Rob Williams was officially cleared to play yesterday and will be on a heavy minutes restriction the first few games.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) February 28, 2020
Williams, who will suit up versus the Houston Rockets on Saturday, will not get a heavy workload at the start of his return to game action as Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Williams’ minutes will be “very limited” in his first couple of games back.
Williams joined the team for their recent four-game west coast road trip and by all accounts he looked ready to play, even according to Brad Stevens, as the second-year center put on a dunking clinic against his teammates.
Williams has had an injury-riddled start to his tenure with the Celtics and has thus far only played in 51 games over two seasons. Williams played in 19 of Boston’s first 21 games to begin this year and averaged 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 14 minutes per contest.