Robert Williams back at practice, nearing return to game action

Nick Friar
February 20, 2020 - 6:00 am
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Robert Williams wants to get back in on the action as quickly as possible. He’s practicing with his Celtics teammates again, but he won’t play for Boston throughout their upcoming four-game road trip.

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Williams will continue to practice for the “next week or so” before he undergoes a final scan on his hip. That scan will dictate whether or not the big man is cleared.

“Rob did a pretty good job today,” Brad Stevens said at Wednesday’s practice. “He looked like he felt good. He looked like he felt anxious.”

Stevens was right. Williams is definitely anxious — and he felt great moving around, too.

“I’m getting anxious just knowing that I’m a couple of games away,” Williams said. “But, the first game back, I think, is a home game, so that’s pretty special for me. So, I’m just staying locked in with my team on this road trip.”

As for what Williams was allowed to do at practice, he said there were no limitations. But that didn’t mean he was looking to be reckless.

“I want to windmill ever time I dunk, but I’ve still got to be cautious a little bit,” Williams said.

Jaylen Brown was also back at practice for the Celtics on Wednesday. He missed the game against the Clippers with a left calf contusion.

Kemba Walker was the only player the Celtics “held back on” at Thursday’s practice because of the workload he’s endured and left knee soreness he’s been dealing with. The Celtics will continue to manage his discomfort.

Walker was supposed to be on a minutes restriction for the All-Star Game but played past the set amount of time. Stevens said at Thursday’s practice he didn’t have a problem with how much Raptors coach Nick Nurse played Walker.

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