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Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III out 8-12 weeks after undergoing knee surgery

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The Boston Celtics announced Friday afternoon that Robert Williams III will return to basketball activities in eight to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

The surgery, which the team said was performed to “remove the loose bodies and treat the swelling in his left knee”, is the second Williams has performed on his knee this calendar year.

On March 30, Williams underwent a partial meniscus resection in his left knee after sustaining a meniscus tear. He then returned to the field for Game 3 of the first round of the Boston Nets’ Brooklyn Nets sweep, but continued to have recurring knee pain and swelling during the playoffs that caused him to lose a total of seven of the 24 Celtics postseason. competitions on their way to losing to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals.

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After Game Six of the Finals, Williams said the only treatment his knee would need was rest, and Celtics basketball operations chief Brad Stevens repeated the same message in his post-season press conference in Boston.

A return to basketball activities in eight to 12 weeks will keep Williams — one of the most influential defensive players in the NBA, and a key part of the league’s leading Boston stifling defense — until at least Thanksgiving, and maybe even after Christmas. .

Williams, who turns 25 next month, averaged 10 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 61 professional games with Boston last season, his fourth in the NBA.

The Celtics also announced that Danilo Galinari has undergone surgery for a knee injury, an anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered in late August while playing in the FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers for Italy. Gallinari, who signed a two-year, $13 million contract with Boston in July as a free agent, had been expected to provide a major goal-scoring boost this season alongside goalkeeper Malcolm Brogdon, who was acquired by Boston in a commercial deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Last season with Atlanta, Gallinari averaged 11.7 points per game and shot 38.1% from a 3-point range. In 728 career games, Gallinari, 34, averaged 15.2 points per game and fired 38.2% from a 3-point range.

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