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Injury bug (concussion-like symptoms) bites Celtics' Robert Williams at worst time again

Injury bug (concussion-like symptoms) bites Celtics' Robert Williams at worst time again

Boston Celtics second-year center Robert Williams displayed concussion-like symptoms after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face in the first quarter of Tuesday’s preseason finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love smacked Williams with an elbow as the two chased a rebound and Williams hit the ground hard, where he remained while play continued back up the court.

The team announced Williams will be re-evaluated on Wednesday in Boston.

"Robert was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters in Cleveland. "I don't know what that means. Obviously, we're concerned about his health. He’ll get with the doctors one more time before we take off here.”

Williams was getting his second start of the preseason but played only 3 scoreless minutes. In a new-look frontcourt, Williams had a chance this preseason to really state his case for available playing time, this after a summer in which coaches raved about his progress, but the injury derailed his best chance to assert himself.

It continues a trend from last season where minor ailments seemed to prevent Williams from having a chance to pounce on available minutes.

Williams registered 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in 33 preseason minutes. He looked overly amped in his first start against Charlotte and played in only small bursts while coming off the bench in the two games that followed.

It would seem Daniel Theis best positioned himself for starter minutes if the Celtics ultimately elect to utilize Enes Kanter off the bench. A healthy Williams can distinguish himself with not only his raw athleticism but his passing abilities. Rookie Vincent Poirer, a French import this summer, logged some quality defensive minutes this preseason that could help his case for immediate floor time.

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The Enes Kanter Show: Friendship with Gordon Hayward, Celtics' leadership dynamic

The Enes Kanter Show: Friendship with Gordon Hayward, Celtics' leadership dynamic

In the second episode of "The Enes Kanter Show," Chris Forsberg and Enes Kanter discuss the Celtics' west coast trip and his friendship with Gordon Hayward and get a guest appearance from Tacko Fall, who calls into the show from Maine.

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2:23 - Enes talks about navigating his busy life and using his platform for good

5:25 - What's Kanter's favorite city to play in on the road?

7:15 - First impressions of Boston

10:54 - Why playing for a winning team was so important to him and Kemba Walker

12:27 - His friendship with Gordon Hayward

13:45 - Enes explains why he hated facing Marcus Smart and the type of player that he is

14:53 - The leadership dynamic of the team this season

15:30 - Does Enes want to prove everyone wrong about his defense?

20:30 - Enes calls friend and teammate Tacko Fall to discuss Maine, the cold weather, getting a haircut from Enes and how he's handling the spotlight

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Celtics' Marcus Smart (ankle) probable for Wednesday game vs. Clippers

Celtics' Marcus Smart (ankle) probable for Wednesday game vs. Clippers

Marcus Smart is listed as probable for the Celtics' Wednesday night game in against the Clippers in Los Angeles after the guard had to leave the Monday night win in Phoenix with a scary-looking ankle sprain. 

Smart vowed after the game Monday that he would play against the Clippers even after being helped off the court when he was injured in the fourth quarter.

Smart appeared to be moving well on the ankle Tuesday, according to Celtics.com's Marc D'Amico.

Gordon Hayward, recovering from the fractured bone in his hand and expected back around Christmas, is out for the Celtics. 

The Celtics (11-2) sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. Following an opening night loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston won its next 10 before losing to the Sacramento Kings by one point on Sunday and bounced back with the 99-85 victory in Phoenix on Monday night. 

They'll take on the Clippers on Wednesday and Denver Nuggets on Friday to complete their Western trip before returning home to face the Kings and Brooklyn Nets next week. 

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