The Boston Celtics' frontcourt depth is about to improve.
Second-year center Robert Williams finally has been cleared to play, C's coach Brad Stevens told reporters Friday. Stevens noted Williams' minutes will be "very limited" to start.
Williams has not played since Dec. 6 because of a left hip injury. His return to the lineup, which could come as soon as Saturday night versus the Houston Rockets at TD Garden, should give the Celtics valuable interior defense, another player to throw in pick-and-rolls, and additional rebounding. Williams also is the team's most athletic big man.
One player who won't return to game action Saturday is point guard Kemba Walker.
Kemba Walker did not practice. Stevens calls him likely out tomorrow. Will ramp up over weekend with next week as target return.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) February 28, 2020
Walker was ruled out late Friday afternoon. He hasn't played since the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16. He's missed four consecutive games with left knee soreness. Marcus Smart has started in his place.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Rockets-Celtics, which begins Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.