BOSTON —It feels good to be with the Celtics.
In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, both he as the Celtics looked fantastic.
Boston is closely monitoring Williams' condition as he continues to suffer from soreness in the left knee. This has been bothering him for over two months. The shortest time between series games is between Games 3-4.
Williams stated that he felt good after Thursday's Boston practice. “One of the best days. It was up and down, but it felt good.
“The extra days [rest days] help. It's not easy so we had to take it day by day. “Last night, you were right. I felt quite good.”
It was obvious from Williams' play throughout the game. Williams finished the game with 8 points and 10 rebounds, as well as four blocked shots. However, his best stat-line number was a team-best plus-21 for 25 minutes. This is more than enough to prove his importance in the proceedings.
Williams was at the center of everything Boston did well. His energy exemplified the difference in force that the Celtics had after being pushed around.For large portions of their loss in Game 2
This was only the latest example of Williams' importance to Boston during this run. Ime Udoka, the Celtics coach, called Williams a “modern-day NBA centre” as a proverbial example.
Udoka stated that he believes Udoka is a high-level, intuitive guy. Some of the things we asked him to do were different from what he had to do throughout his entire career. His ability to switch and play perimeter is what I consider his greatest strength. He has been a tough opponent in playoffs. [as an assistant coach] He was a fixture in Philadelphia and Brooklyn and had a huge impact on the series. He was a man we didn't want to see in a lot of the action.
“Obviously, the rim defense stands out. But his ability to move on the perimeter and have Al off the ball sometimes has allowed him to be our normal five. This has been a huge benefit to our team. Multi-faceted defender with great instincts. He is the modern NBA center. He can move his feet, guard the perimeter, guard the post, and, of course, protect the rim. It's a great luxury for us.”
This luxury has been a key part of Boston's title hopes throughout this series. Warriors star, one of the most innovative offensive weapons in NBA HistoryWilliams has been the only one who has demonstrated any ability to stop his momentum in this series.
After undergoing meniscus surgery to his left knee late during the regular season and then suffering a bone injury in the same knee during Boston’s Eastern Conference semifinal series, he was forced to have the procedure again.He has noticed a shift in his feelings from one game to the next. You can also miss the Bucks series' final three games and Game 3 against the Eastern Conference finals. He has been repeatedly on the injury report.
It's been a big boost for Boston's chances when he feels good. The Celtics will be looking to build a 3-1 lead and win two consecutive home games in the postseason, the first since their sweep.In the first round, they will be hoping that his knee is ready for the rest of the games.
“Robert is the change”said. “It's wonderful to see him playing and showing some of the things he can do, and how he can affect the game. His presence, the people in his league, everyone, we all know one another. It's easy to see how he can influence shots. He can block jump shots, people are coming to the lane, and they need to think about that just because he's there.
“Even from the perimeter, he does a great job contesting and getting out there. It's a pleasure for me to be able watch him play and see his success. He's clearly learning a lot and I'm happy to see him succeed.