LAS VEGAS – Robert Williams’s difficult early going with the Celtics continued Friday when he left the summer league opener with a bruised left knee, sustained in the first half of the 95-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Thomas & Mack Center.
#NEBHInjuryReport: Robert Williams suffered a left knee contusion and will not return to tonight’s game.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 7, 2018
Williams, who did not start, scored 4 quick points and grabbed a pair of rebounds before banging knees with a 76ers player and leaving the game just before halftime.
It’s been a tough few weeks for Williams since he was drafted 27th overall by the Celtics on June 21. He was late for his post-draft conference call by an hour and then missed his flight back to Boston and was a no-show for the first summer league practice.
It’s uncertain whether Williams will play Saturday against Denver. He told reporters after the game he has tendinitis in the knee that was bumped. Williams said the team trainers told him to “stay off of it” and “rest it [Friday night].”
“It’s definitely frustrating,” he said. “First NBA game, so obviously I wanted to be out there with my teammates, be out there with my guys, supporting them. But it’s a long road ahead of me, so body comes first.”
Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz put on a 3-point display with a game-high 40 points on 8-for-14 shooting on 3-pointers. He was just one of two Sixers in double figures. Returners Semi Ojeleye and Guerschon Yabusele each scored 16 for the Celtics while Jabari Bird added 14. Rhode Island product Hassan Martin scored 6 points in a late run and finished with 8.