Robert Williams: No pain at all, knee is responding well

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Keith Smith: Robert Williams on how he’s feeling: “No pain at all. Knee is responding well. On the recovery days, it’s responding well.” Williams added that he felt a “step behind on defense”, but thinks it was good to knock the rust off.
Source: Twitter @KeithSmithNBA

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Rob Williams on Jaylen Brown’s leadership: “He’s a great vocal leader, he showed us. So I’m proud of him for that. I’m proud of JT for selling out, especially on defense this year. When you got leaders like that, you gotta follow.” – 12:35 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams on how he’s feeling: “No pain at all. Knee is responding well. On the recovery days, it’s responding well.”
Williams added that he felt a “step behind on defense”, but thinks it was good to knock the rust off. – 12:32 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams said he felt like he was “a step behind” defensively. Thinks he had some rust after the time off. – 12:31 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Rob Williams says he’s feeling good, feeling great.
“No pain at all. Knee is responding well. On the recovery days it’s responding well.” – 12:29 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Robert Williams: “I’m feeling good. Feeling great … no pain at all. knee is responding well.” – 12:29 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Rob Williams says he’s feeling no pain after his return: “Feeling great. Took care of business down there. On to the next one.” – 12:29 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams said he’s “feeling great.” Said he has no pain at all. The knee is responding well. – 12:29 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Udoka said Jaylen Brown (hamstring) is fine and Robert Williams is also good after playing in two games. #Celtics11:54 AM

Jay King @ByJayKing
NEW STORY: Celtics’ defense holds tight, additional reps for Robert Williams and more: 10 thoughts from Round 1 (and looking ahead)
via @TheAthletic theathletic.com/3273166/2022/0…8:13 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum had his all-around breakout series. He’s reading the floor so well right now. He sees Seth Curry pinch in to help as he catches it. This is going over the top to Rob Williams if Nic Claxton cheats up. He doesn’t, so it’s off to Grant Williams in the corner office: pic.twitter.com/zGIHPylfl110:23 AM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart misses the fast break layup (which he quickly realized was insane) but Al Horford is all alone to put it back and put the Celtics up 113-109 with 13.7 left. Rob Williams runs on the court when Nets call timeout to hug Smart as he realized how bad that could’ve been. – 9:27 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Rob Williams. – 8:39 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Robert Williams with his second bad foul on the 3Q, fouling Irving on the drive with the #Nets in the bonus. #Celtics8:38 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Robert Williams can NOT allow Nic Claxton to attempt a shot near the basket. Have to foul him. Dude is 0-for-9 from the FT line – 8:33 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
He may be rusty, but Robert Williams still has a nose for offensive rebounds. 4 so far this game – 8:29 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams still has some rust to work off, for sure. Hasn’t had his usual impact tonight. – 8:27 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka goes to Rob Williams with Daniel Theis picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter. Good chance for Williams to run with the starters for a while here. – 8:25 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rob Williams back in for a second stint here. He only played one stint in each half in Game 3. – 7:52 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams back now for a second stint. He only played one stint in each half during his return the other night. – 7:52 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rob Williams’ rhythm and timing is off. He does not miss putbacks like that. These are good minutes for him to get that timing back. – 7:32 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Robert Williams up off the bench to check in. Meanwhile, another foul on Brooklyn – 7:21 PM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Ja Morant wins NBA Most Improved Player award.
(Rob Williams gets four 3rd-place votes to finish 9th.) pic.twitter.com/ZmOyF0pMvv6:38 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Robert Williams received four third-place votes and finished ninth in Most Improved Player balloting. – 6:36 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams received four third-place votes for Most Improved Player. – 6:35 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Udoka said Rob Williams will come off the bench again — but expected to be available for 24 minutes again. – 5:49 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Rob Williams has an approximate 24-minute ceiling tonight, per Ime Udoka. Physically, he’s responded well to his 16-minute Game 3 stint. – 5:41 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Robert Williams will come off the bench according to Ime Udoka, who added that they will look to keep his minutes around the 24-munute mark. – 5:33 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Rob Williams off the bench again in Game 4. 24ish minutes. – 5:32 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Robert Williams had no setbacks and is available to play 24 minutes or so. He’ll come off the bench – 5:32 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Rob Williams will come off the bench again tonight for Game 4. His minutes’ limit remains around 24. – 5:31 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The Celtics continue to arrive, with the latest group including Robert Williams. pic.twitter.com/c8BwCLkG4A5:09 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Rob Williams is now completely off the Celtics injury report – 4:13 PM

More on this storyline

Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams has had no setbacks. He can get in “the 24 (minute) range” tonight, but will come off the bench. -via Twitter @ByJayKing / April 25, 2022

Keith Smith: Robert Williams is available and will come off the bench, per Ime Udoka. -via Twitter @KeithSmithNBA / April 23, 2022

Jay King: Ime Udoka said Robert Williams is still questionable. He has “cleared every bench mark” so far. Udoka said Williams could potentially play about 20 minutes if he does play. -via Twitter @ByJayKing / April 23, 2022