Kudos to Celtics rookies Grant Williams and Tremont Waters for their contributions Monday night in what turned out to be a disappointing 99-94 loss to the Washington Wizards.
Waters scored eight points in a mere seven minutes on 3-of-6 from the field. But it was Grant Williams that gave Boston some hope in the loss.
We opened to a slow start and fell to the Wizards 99-94. Despite the loss the we did have a chance to win the game thanks in part to our rookie contributions. pic.twitter.com/MIysUhqZEV— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 7, 2020
Williams logged 25 minutes in the contest, scoring nine points and taking down six boards, adding one steal and a block. While the entire Celtics team shot a horrid 34.7-percent from the field and 21.6 percent on 3-pointers, Williams' only misses came at the free throw line, as he was 3-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc, but only 2-of-5 on from the charity stripe.Williams and Waters actually tied Daniel Theis for a team-high plus/minus of +1.
Marcus Smart shares what the Celtics liked from the contributions of Grant Williams and Tremont Waters (presented by https://t.co/Av8GdCAzPA) pic.twitter.com/agcrjCmCEc— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) January 7, 2020
Grant Williams doing it at both ends! This is one hell of a pass from a guy who has played minutes at center for the Celtics this season. pic.twitter.com/RdUbsXRtEg— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) January 5, 2020
After missing his first 25 3-point attempts, Williams has hit 3-of-8 on treys (37.5 percent) in the last five games. Grant hasn't put up astounding numbers in any category, but he is damn versatile, contributing in many ways - much like Marcus Smart - who refers to G-Will as "Mini Me."
Williams is extremely savvy for a rookie and seems to know what do do out there on the court. Be assured that Danny Ainge already sees the 22nd overall pick in the draft as a keeper. The 21-year-old center/forward may never be a star in the league, but he belongs here.
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