Grant Williams Shines In Celtics Game Two Win

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    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.

    While Williams’ perfect shooting performance jumps off the stat sheet, the third-year player added six rebounds and was fantastic defensively.

    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.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.