To date, Williams has missed just one game with injury. On October 30th, he sat out against the Wizards with a non-COVID related illness. He’s averaging 11 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks a game in a large increase in minutes; after playing just nineteen minutes a game last year, he’s up to 32 a night as a starter next to Al Horford. After playing just 61 regular season games in his first two seasons, Williams topped out at 52 in 2020-2021.
Before leaving the game, Williams had played thirteen minutes and grabbed six rebounds. Against the Cavaliers on Saturday night, he stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a marquee matchup against the rookie sensation Evan Mobley. Aaron Nesmith started the second half for Williams.
After the game, head coach Ime Udoka offered this update on Williams: “Rob felt some soreness in the second quarter. I’m not sure if he did something specific to it. It was pretty tight at halftime and he felt a sharp pain, so we kept him out. We’ll see when he gets tested and looked at how he’s going to be.”