Robert Williams III ramps up intensity in training

NBA - Operated in September, the Celtics pivot is gradually approaching a return, to the delight of Jayson Tatum.

How is Robert Williams III doing? As a reminder, on September 23, he underwent an arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, before receiving a  (platelet-rich plasma) injection on October 17.

The Boston player joined the Celtics during their little "road trip" of two games in a row on the road (in New York and Memphis), which is a good sign even if no precise return date is given yet. 

"I dunk, yeah," Williams III tells NBC Sports. "It's nice to be back on the floor. I'm taking it to the next level. Even though the Celtics are trying to hold me back and want me to take my time." 

The return of the 2022 finalist should be good for Joe Mazzulla's troops, so efficient on offense (the best in the league) so far, but also so porous on defense (25th only). 

"We'll be a much better team with him," Jayson Tatum assures MassLive.

"I can't stress enough how important he is offensively and defensively. He's present, he protects the circle, he makes passes. We miss him, obviously, and playing without him is a challenge on a daily basis, but we can't rush anything."