Celtics

Stevens gives encouraging Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams injury updates

Celtics

The Boston Celtics did not end the 2020-21 NBA season as a healthy team, and the injuries to Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams III were significant factors in the team's first-round playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

The good news for the Celtics is both players are making encouraging progress in their recovery from injury.

"Both guys should be ready to not only be cleared for training camp but far before that so they can ramp up appropriately," Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens told NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg after the 2021 NBA Draft.

Brown had wrist surgery in May and could be cleared for contact soon.

"Jaylen just had another scan -- looks great," Stevens said. "He's been working out here everyday. He's done stuff on the floor with other people and supposedly will be cleared for live contact within the next couple weeks.

Williams was dealing with a turf toe injury in the playoffs against the Nets.

"Rob is getting better," Stevens said. "Looks good. Saw him a couple days ago."