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Celtics center Robert Williams III has knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Mar 11, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18) looks to pass the ball while Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks, the team announced.

The timetable puts Williams potentially back in action for the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Celtics (47-29), who entered play Wednesday in third place in the Eastern Conference, announced the surgery was performed at New England Baptist Hospital.

“Surgery went well, (appreciate) all the prayers and concern!” Williams wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Williams, 24, sustained the injury Sunday at the end of the third quarter of the Celtics’ 134-112 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He limped off the court and did not return.

Williams has been a revelation this season for the Celtics. He has played in a career-high 61 games and started all of them. He is averaging 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, all career highs.

Williams has career averages of 7.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 174 games (77 starts) for the Celtics, who selected him No. 27 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft.

–Field Level Media