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Ime Udoka has shared the latest information on the return of Robert Williams


He said Williams had “crossed all the lines.”

Robert Williams has had a dynamic season. Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images

If Robert Williams returns to action in Game 3 of the Celtics-Nets series on Saturday night, he will be limited to around 20 minutes by head coach Ime Udoka.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Williams “intends to play” Saturday for the first time since March 27, but Udoka hasn’t officially said he will.

Udoka noted that Williams, who is officially listed as questionable (meniscal tear in left knee), “erased all markers.”

“I like where he is at the moment and will reassess throughout the day to see how he feels,” Udoka told reporters Saturday morning.

He said it was possible the Celtics would bring him off the bench at short notice to relieve him.

Udoka said Williams looked as athletic as he usually does and there was “minimal concern” about his rehabilitation in a tough playoff after a long absence. The plan is to put him through standard pre-game training to determine if he’s ready for Game 3.

He said Williams offered “a ton of versatility” and made the Celtics elite defensively. Grant Williams and Marcus Smart added that Williams “looked great”, and Smart shared that he moved well and was “the Rob we knew”.

“They just added an outstanding player to protect the basket and block shots,” Nets coach Steve Nash told reporters when Williams returned.


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