Celtics

Rob Williams set to make his return against Sixers after bout with COVID-19

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Help is on the way for the Celtics this week as a pair of showdowns loom for Boston in Philadelphia.

Robert Williams is expected to be back in uniform on Wednesday night against the Sixers after he took part in his first practice today following testing positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago. Williams missed three games due to the positive test and quarantine period but he said he is feeling ‘great’ now after suffering from flu-like symptoms initially.

“I found out late one night, landing,” Williams said of testing positive. “And it just went from there as far as the quarantining and stuff and staying away from the team, which was a difficult time for me, I’m not going to lie. It’s all I know. So it took a toll on me. But, like I said, I’m just happy to be back.”

Jayson Tatum and Carsen Edwards sat out of practice and remain sidelined for the team’s next game in Philadelphia as they continue to go through NBA health and safety protocols. While both players are reportedly doing well, Williams did suffer from some concerning symptoms before being cleared to return.

“I woke up in sweats,” he explained. “One night, I'm going through not being able to sleep, every five seconds I'm pulling the cover off me and putting it back on me. It was kind of tough, like I said, I'm here, I can't complain.”

Williams’ young daughter and her mother also tested positive with the virus but all have recovered in the past week without issue, a relief for the big man as he returns to the court.

“They’re all doing good, but I was more worried about them than I was myself,” he explained.

Williams did go through a league-mandated cardiac test after he cleared quarantine to help ensure his body was ready to return to the rigors over an NBA game after suffering from the virus. He was able to get in some work in the past few days amid his recovery but it’s likely the C’s will have a short leash on him.

“At first it was just strictly they didn’t want me to do anything,” Williams said of his condition. “Nothing really. Just keep drinking fluids, keep trying to eat. And as the days progressed, I got strength back, when I felt like I could move around and do stuff I did a couple of stretches at home, just trying to stay on top of my conditioning, staying strong a little bit. But for the most part it was just downtime.”

Williams’ teammates have remained supportive of him, Tatum and Edwards during the lengthy time away from the court.