When the Boston Celtics take on the Orlando Magic on January 23, they will be missing two of its rotational key guards. Robert Williams‘ status for the contest has been labelled as questionable on the most current injury report from the Celtics.
When the Celtics played the Toronto Raptors on January 21, Smart and Williams both exited the game after receiving injuries and didn’t come back for the remainder of the game. Fortunately, neither player’s injury was serious, and their withdrawal from the rotation was preventative, according to Joe Mazzulla. Also Read: Anthony Edwards scored 44 points, a season-high, to help the Timberwolves defeat the Rockets 113-104.
“Rob extended his knee excessively… It’s nothing serious; we’re simply exercising cautious. As he left the court, he felt fantastic. You clearly observed that Smart had hurt his ankle. X-rays came back clear. Things just depend on how he handles it on a daily basis, Mazzulla remarked following the game”.
Robert Williams III Injury Incident
Due to left knee hyperextension, Robert Williams III was out for the remainder of the game at halftime. Williams’ absence from the game was somewhat unexpected, but he did seem to bump his knees on a play in the first quarter. The huge man was knocked to the ground for a while before rising. Midway through the second quarter, Williams returned to the locker room with a trainer due to his knee pain.
Williams contributed two points, four rebounds, and four assists in his 15 minutes of play on Saturday. But with 5:50 remaining in the second quarter, they replaced Williams.
We should note that Williams had surgery on the same left knee just before training camp. In order to remove loose bodies and treat swelling in his left knee, he underwent an arthroscopic procedure, which held him out for the majority of the first half of the season. For Williams, the Celtics will continue to keep an eye on that. Also Read: New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Final Injury Report date: Is Mitchell Robinson Playing against Toronto Raptors tonight?
Marcus Smart Injury Report against Orlando Magic
Just before halftime, Marcus Smart sprained his right ankle. Unable to put any weight on his right leg, trainers assisted him off the court. Before leaving, he finished with two points, two rebounds, and four assists.
Smart has been playing at an all-career level this season, both as a scorer and facilitator, and has established himself as a steadying factor within the Celtics rotation. As such, his absence, when coupled with Brogdon’s (who has been playing his best basketball of the season in recent weeks), will probably hit the Celtics hard. Fortunately, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard are both capable and reliable deputies who Joe Mazzulla can call upon.
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