Celtics first-round draft pick Robert Williams did not suit up for the team’s second summer league contest in Las Vegas Saturday.
Williams — who suffered a left knee contusion in Friday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers — arrived at the court wearing sweatpants. A game-time decision, he was initially ruled “doubtful” and later downgraded to “out.”
#NEBHInjuryReport: Robert Williams (left knee contusion) is OUT for tonight’s game against Denver.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 8, 2018
Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga, who is leading the summer league squad this season, told reporters during Saturday’s shootaround that the training staff is “totally on top of [Williams’s] physical condition.” Larranaga said he told Williams to focus on “whatever is best for his long-term career.”
Williams had played just six minutes in his debut against the 76ers, before he exited the game after banging knees with an opposing player late in the first half. He did not return to the court. After Boston’s win, Williams told reporters he also has tendinitis in the knee that was bumped and called the injury “frustrating.”
“It’s definitely frustrating,” he said Friday. “First NBA game, so obviously I wanted to be out there with my teammates, be out there with my guys, supporting them. But it’s a long road ahead of me, so body comes first.”
Though he said his knee was feeling better Saturday, Williams was limited during shootaround before the team’s game against the Denver Nuggets. He said he sat out some of the drills as a “precautionary” measure.
Williams said he received “a lot of rest, a lot of icing, [and] a lot of massaging” Friday and planned to seek more treatment Saturday. The Celtics’ next game is Monday against the Charlotte Hornets.