What impact will the Celtics big man have on the Atlanta Hawks?

The NBA is already suffering from injuries and we’re not on Media Day yet. They lost second pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Chet Holmgren during Pro-Am when he injured his ankle causing him to be out for the season. While this may be a warning for the rest of the NBA, we must remember that injuries do happen. In a double-hit for the OKC Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is also out of a Class II MCL twist and will miss the start of training camp.

With the exception of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Jalen Johnson, the Hawks are relatively injury-free coming into the season which is a completely different scenario than last season. This is not the case for some of the competitors of the Eastern Conference Hawks.

We recently heard that Chicago Bulls’ starting point guard Lonzo Ball is going to have another knee surgery. However, this is a story for another time, knee surgery at the Robert Williams III Center for the Boston Celtics is the focus of this article.

The Atlanta Hawks could benefit from the Boston Celtics’ recent injury.

The Celtics were supposed to be the first team in the Eastern Conference. They made the NBA Finals last season and then upgraded their roster. However, they are likely to struggle in their huge division in the early part of the season.

On top of Williams who had an arthroscopy in his knee, Danilo Gallinari injured his knee in the European Basketball Championships qualifiers. While there was originally a light at the end of that tunnel, Gallinari has since had a second opinion and looks set to miss the season.

But the problem here is that Williams is the most important player in the Celtics defense. Yes, Marcus Smart won Defensive Player of the Year, but there’s no way he could have done it without Williams playing.

The Celtics team’s suggested schedule for his comeback is four to six weeks. However, what must be kept in mind is that this is the same problem that Williams underwent surgery in March. He then returned to play through the playoffs, all the way to the finals.

However, as the Falcons suffered with De’Andre Hunter, a meniscus tear can be a challenging injury to rehabilitate. This means that the earliest possible return of four weeks seems a little hopeful. If he returns by this time, he will miss the first part of the regular season.

If it’s six weeks or more, there’s a chance the Celtics won’t have the Williams in the Hawks’ game on November 16. Even if he returns to a Hawks game, the Celtics have played eight games against a good opponent in 14 games before the Hawks game.

If the Celtics are without Galinari and Williams this time around, there’s a chance they’ll struggle to win many of these games. If that is the case, the Hawks may gain an early lead in the standings against a competitor over a watershed point. This could be crucial as the playoffs roll and the Atlanta Hawks look to get the best possible ranking.

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