Robert Williams makes a successful return to practice: ‘He was making ridiculous plays’

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The Celtics have not been at full strength from a health standpoint in nearly three months, but that streak could be coming to an end shortly after Robert Williams returned to the practice floor on Wednesday night at the Auerbach Center. It was the first full workout for the second-year center since early December when he was sidelined due to a bone edema in his left hip.

"Rob did a pretty good job today,” Brad Stevens said. “He looked like he felt good. He looked like he felt anxious.”

The praise was even higher from one of his teammates.

“He had a lot of high energy and was making ridiculous plays,” Jaylen Brown added. “The important thing is to keep him healthy and keep him consistent these last 20-something games and add him to the rotation. We definitely miss him back out there.”

The Celtics have mapped out a detailed plan for Williams' recovery for the past few weeks and he’s had no setbacks so far in his recovery. Despite the progress, the team will take it slow with him as he returns to the floor.

“The situation on Rob will be that he'll practice and work out through the rest of the next week or so and then go back for a final scan to make sure that he hasn't had any negative response to all this extra load,” Stevens said. “And then from that point on, he'll either be cleared or he won't. So it'll be all dependent on how his body reacts to the last six weeks and then really ramping it up this week."

Williams will travel with the team as they head out for a four-game West Coast swing that starts in Minnesota, but