Eastern notes: Celtics, Robert Williams, Raptors, Knicks

Celtics

center Robert Williams III He hopes to be back from a knee injury by Christmas, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Williams began participating in 3-on-3 drills in practically his own half of the court.

Regardless, the Celtics could be in the market for another big man.

“I think Boston now when you start looking for the February trade deadline, I think another big guy, another center who can play minutes in case Rob Williams or the 36-year-old loses time. Al Horford said Wojnarowski, via Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors. “They’re trying to close every hole they can to be a championship team. We can watch Boston get close to the trade deadline, and see if there’s any front-court help from their bench they can get.”

  • The Celtics rebounded from a loss to the Bulls with a big win over the Mavericks on Wednesday. “Chicago was just one game,” Fr Jaylen Brown to reporters. “There will be times when you won’t take shots and it will put pressure on our defense. More often than not, this team will play the right way.”

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It seems as if the Raptors have more injuries than healthy players, which makes life especially difficult for the coach nick nurse.

As creative as it can be, there seems to be no gain at the moment, only degrees of loss. In Wednesday’s loss to the Nets, the Raptors were without the likes of a forward without Pascal I’m sorry (thigh), Scotty Barnes (ankle) f Otto Porter Jr (toe), forward/middle Precious Ichiwa (ankle) and point guard Dallano Panton (ankle / disease).

Not exactly a great way to play your next game.

“Once in a while, you might enjoy a challenge, but not for three straight weeks here,” said Nurse, via Sportsnet’s Michael Grange. “It’s getting more…it’s just not that fun. It’s not the end of the world, and it’s not like we didn’t play well, because I think we did. If you look at some of our metrics… I think we’re still top 10 on offense and defense in The league and all these things, with all these injuries we’ve had for several weeks.”

  • One silver lining, Siakam may be nearing a comeback, having been involved in the no-contact part of the practice in recent days. He averages 24.8 points, but has missed all but nine games.

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center Isaiah Hartenstein He continues to deal with his inflamed Achilles tendon and said he feels as if it’s only “80 percent,” via New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.

“I feel like I’m a little slower than I usually am,” said Hartenstein. “I’m a little slower getting up and defending shots where I can usually do really well.”

  • The Knicks are seen as a team interested in an available Suns forward Jay Crowder, but you may not have the pieces that you seek Phoenix. Sources told Hoops Wire that the best option in New York for Crowder is to field a third team.

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