Former Tennessee star Grant Williams is in the midst of his best professional season. That culminated Wednesday night as Williams was one of Boston’s best players in its, 114-107, game two win over the Brooklyn Nets.
The No. 2 seed Celtics have been one of the NBA’s best teams the second half of the season. Their reward was a first round matchup with the seventh-seeded Nets and two of the NBA’s most talented scorers in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Thanks, in part, to Williams’ efforts Wednesday night, Boston leads the series 2-0 as it heads to Brooklyn this weekend.
Williams was nearly perfect in the game two win, scoring 17 points on perfect shooting. The undersized power forward made all four of hit field goal attempts — including three from beyond the arc — and all six of his free throw attempts.
"We're physical, we're a tough nose team so sending a message, there's no need. We're just going to be ourselves." – Grant Williams talks with @tvabby after the Celtics 17-point comeback win pic.twitter.com/FzKhqddgJs
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 21, 2022
While Williams’ perfect shooting performance jumps off the stat sheet, the third-year player added six rebounds and was fantastic defensively.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 21, 2022
The two-time SEC Player of the Year has been fantastic in both games of the series when he’s gotten switched onto Durant.
Williams 17 points were the third most for Boston as the forward played by far the most minutes off the bench for the Celtics. Boston was +9 with Williams on the court in the win.
The best playoff game in Williams’ young career came following by far his best professional season. After averaging 3.4 and 4.7 points per game respectively in his first two seasons, Williams averaged 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 41% from the three-point line this year.
Williams and the Celtics are looking to build upon their performance in Boston when they head to Brooklyn for games three and four of the seven-game series.