Knee injury puts Robert Williams III’s NBA season in jeopardy

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A breakout season for North Caddo High School product Robert Williams III appears possibly ended by a knee injury suffered Sunday that could sideline the Boston Celtics center indefinitely.

Williams, considered on a short list of candidates for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award, suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee late in a 134-112 victory over Minnesota.

Coach Ime Udoka told media Monday that Williams’ injury will require surgery at some point. He did not rule out the possibility of Williams returning to play, if able, before having the surgery in the offseason.

The Celtics are considering options as team medical staff finish testing on an injury that could sideline the Shreveport native for several weeks, if not the entire postseason.

Boston is 24-4 since a mid-season turnaround and holds the No. 1 position in the Eastern Conference.

Williams is averaging 10 points per game and shooting 73 percent from the field while snatching 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2 assists in 61 starts while playing 30 of the 48 minutes. All stats are career bests.

The 24-year-old signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension that begins next season.

He is in his fourth NBA season after two years at Texas A&M. He graduated from North Caddo in 2016 and has been an ardent supporter of his high school since becoming a pro, while participating in local camps for youth.