Like many of the Boston Celtics players, reserve forward Grant Williams has had a checkered postseason. Williams had the game of his life in Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He also came out big defensively in Game 2 against Giannis Antetokounmpo. There were other times when he struggled to get into a groove.
The one constant at Williams was the complaints department. The three-year NBA veteran could always be counted on to argue with the umpires. Now the Celtics are giving Williams a taste of his own medicine as the Summer League approaches.
Grant Williams feels more comfortable with the Boston Celtics
Williams has improved in each of his three seasons with the Celtics. The 6-foot-6 Tennessee forward played a career-best 24.4 minutes this year, mostly coming off the bench. He posted career bests in points (7.8) and rebounds (3.6). He also made 106 of 258 three-point attempts and connected with a 41.1% clip.
Williams’ biggest game of his career came during a decider Game 7 against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He finished with 27 points and knocked down seven threes as the Celtics eliminated the Bucks.
“Grant won us a playoff game tonight,” Celtics star Jayson Tatum said after the game, per ESPN. “A Game 7.”
Williams led the Celtics in scoring that night. It was the first time in his career that this had happened. He said his teammates and head coach Ime Udoka kept telling him to shoot.
“It’s hard to get your head around when your entire team, like 15 people, comes up to you and says, ‘Keep shooting,'” Williams said. “It was just like they were encouraging it, so you might as well take advantage of anyone.”
Williams is known for being a whiner, so the Celtics turned the tables
Even though Williams surpassed Tatum in Game 7, there was never any dispute as to which of the two was the best scorer. However, the two were neck and neck when it came to complaining to officials during games. The Celtics even made a point with Williams on Tuesday by letting him referee a few games during Boston Summer League practice.
Ben Sullivan, Boston’s Summer League coach, spoke about William’s inauguration after Tuesday’s practice session.
“Like the quality of reefing, right…?” Sullivan said, according to Boston.com. “No, Grant was fine. It’s good for Grant to see how tough the job actually is so he has a better perspective when he’s hard on them.
Someone asked Sullivan if anyone made life difficult for Williams during the game.
“Nobody can give him a hard time like the umpires,” Sullivan said.
Perhaps next year Williams will put a damper on things with his complaints after getting a glimpse of the other side.
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