Perhaps a piece of positive information to look into for the Boston Celtics fans, as their injured big man Robert Williams might return earlier than expected. 

As told by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski in his newest podcast, there is still an optimism floating around the franchise that the 24-year-old center will make a much earlier comeback than the 4-6 timetable given.

“It was really the best-case scenario for Boston – that it was not a full tear, it was essentially an injury that’s it’s called clipping the meniscus as opposed to doing a repair,” Wojnarowski said, via Tom Westerholm of “The hope is – the team is saying 4-6 weeks. My sense is that’s on the conservative side, that there’s real optimism it’s closer to four weeks, maybe even a little less.

“Four weeks takes us really essentially to the second round of the playoffs, they could start on April 30th, they could start on May 2nd depending on when series end. But possibility that it’s even less than four weeks is real.”

Williams was ruled out by Boston on Wednesday morning after undergoing a successful meniscus surgery. He injured his knee in his team’s 134-112 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. 

The Celtics’ late-season emergence won’t be possible without Williams’ presence, who assumed hefty responsibility of anchoring their paint with his promising defensive instincts and shot-blocking. This 2021-2022 season, he is averaging 10.0 points per game in an efficient 73.6 percent shooting, 9.6 boards, 2.0 assists, and 2 blocks. 

Boston, who rode in a hot streak which made them an Eastern Conference heavyweight, will certainly crave on Williams’ service come playoff time, as Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers are slated for them in the possible matchup arena soon.