Celtics first-round pick injured in Summer League debut

Celtics first-round pick injured in Summer League debut

The Robert Williams era continues to hit bumps in the road.

Making his debut for the Celtics in the Las Vegas Summer League Friday night, the first-round pick was forced to leave in the first half after bumping his knee, having played just six minutes. The injury wasn’t considered serious.

“It was definitely frustrating, my first NBA game,” Williams told reporters. “I obviously wanted to be out there with my guys and support them, but there’s a long road ahead of me.”

“He’s explosive,” Jay Larranaga, the Celtics’ NBA Summer League coach, told reporters. “We’re excited about Robert obviously. That’s why we drafted him. He’s diligent in trying to pick up our system. We’ve just got to get him feeling good physically, and I think he has a bright future.”

Before leaving, Williams did show some flashes of promise, finishing with four points on a mid-range jumper and dunk.

It was unclear if the left knee contusion had any relation to a knee injury which Jeff Goodman reported contributed to Williams falling to No. 27 overall in the draft.

The Celtics would beat the 76ers in the summer league opener, 95-89, with Semi Ojeleye and Guerschon Yabusele each leading the way with 16 points apiece. The story of the game, howeer, was Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz who netted 40 points. Korkmaz was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft. It was the fifth-most points scored in NBA Summer League history.

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Source: GreenStreet Blog

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