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Boston Celtics injuries: Robert Williams gets March 1 target date for return, Jaylen Brown a game-time decision

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 2/13/2020 By John Karalis, masslive.com

BOSTON - Robert Williams has missed two months with a hip injury, but the team says he’s getting closer to a return.

“We’re still shooting for around March 1, give or take a few days here or there,” Danny Ainge told 98.5 1/4 u2032s Toucher and Rich. “He looks good. Excited and enthusiastic and I think everything is moving in the right direction.”

Williams has been going through more intense workouts, ad the plan is to continue increasing the intensity and have him start going through full team workouts immediately after the All-Star break.

“It’ll be the first time he’ll have participated in any team activities as far as a full practice," Brad Stevens said at the team’s morning shoot around. “I don’t know if he’ll be limited in that or not but he’ll be able to do a lot of it. Then they’ll just build him up for the next 10 days and hopefully give him the green light after that.”

Williams had been dealing with an edema, which is swelling inside the bone marrow. It’s still unclear what caused it, but the injury appears to be healing well enough that a return to the floor is in sight. From here, Williams will be eased back into the lineup.

“Minutes restrictions will probably be pretty intense for the first however many weeks,” Stevens said. "But that’s good, it’s not like he was playing 30 minutes a game anyway. If we can get him back into this fold and get him in that kind of rotating spot with those other guys, that helps our team a lot.”

Jaylen Brown, meanwhile, was listed as probable with a calf contusion. Brown, who has been dealing with two ankle injuries, was kicked in the calf at the end of the loss to Houston.

“He went through shoot around and he’s going to test it again tonight at the game," Stevens said. "Then he’ll make a decision there.”

With so many injuries nagging the Celtics, it would seem the upcoming All-Star break will be a welcome one, though Stevens says this is nothing new.

“I feel like we’ve always had these injuries. I don’t feel like this is much different than most years,” he said. "Right when we feel like we’re getting healthy, we have a unique one. That’s been the frustrating part at times, but our guys have done a great job of holding down the fort. Our best players have raised their level with guys out and been even better on those nights. We’re fortunate to be in the position we’re in.”

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