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Boston Celtics Could Get Huge Boost In Game 3 vs. Nets

Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 11: Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics talks with Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden on March 11, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics already have a 2-0 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets, and that's without Robert Williams. The talented big man has been out since late March due to a torn meniscus.

On Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium provided an update on Williams' status for the rest of the Celtics-Nets series.

Per Charania's latest report, Williams is close to a return and could play in Game 3 or Game 4 against the Nets.

For now, the Celtics will continue to take a day-to-day approach to this situation.

Earlier this week, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka announced that Williams would travel with the team to Brooklyn.

"He'll travel with us. It's different than the end of the season when in the early stages of his rehab we wanted him to be here," Udoka said, via NBC Sports Boston. "This is the time of year we want him around the team camaraderie-wise and his impact just being around the group, to be in that playoff atmosphere. So, he'll travel with us."

Williams' return would give the Celtics another rebounder and rim protector. During the regular season, he averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

Game 3 between the Celtics and Nets will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.