Warriors unresponsive to scarecrow Robert Williams III

Warriors unresponsive to scarecrow Robert Williams III

He only played 26 minutes, but he has the best +/- of the game with a very nice +21. It’s so logical Robert WilliamsIII made his presence felt in Game 3, won by the Celtics.

It was obviously his four blocks that made the biggest impression, but his line of statistics is generally superb with 8 points at 4/5 in shooting, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and finally 3 interceptions.

“It comes out of nowhere”remarks Stephen Curry, after being covered on a floater. “At the start of the fourth quarter, Grant Williams is on me, and I think I have space for a shot. We underestimate how athletic he is and how much he can get in the way of a shot. »

The Golden State star was a victim, like other of his teammates, of the Boston pivot’s sense of timing. In defensive help or in the battle for the rebound, his activity was essential for the Celtics.

“He was huge. Not just by the shots he blocked, but also by the ones he deflected. His presence prevented our adversaries from penetrating.says Ime Udoka. “He changes the matches, really”slips Al Horford.

However, we know that the Boston player is physically limited, due to a knee problem, and he still limps. The adrenaline of the Finals helps him to hold on, as well as the two days between the last two meetings.

” It’s hard “, he explains. “Usually I have more pain the day after the matches, because the adrenaline goes down. There, I cycled before the match, it was beneficial and I felt good. I know why I play. Admittedly, I’m taking a risk, and it’s not over yet, but it’s worth it, that’s for sure. »

With limited rest, will it have the same impact in Game 4?

The Warriors have no solution against him. Kevon Looney is the only tall player but he can’t watch over Al Horford as well. Draymond Green was therefore often dominated by the Boston pivot on the rebound and if the Celtics largely dominated this battle (47-31), it was largely thanks to his presence.

“We are lucky to have him. I’m impressed with Rob, he continues to progress, to learn. And its impact goes far beyond statistics.”assures Al Horford. “He’s huge and he’s been doing it since the start of the season. That’s why our defense is so good, because it protects the racquet and the circle.”emphasizes Marcus Smart. “He’s an excellent defender who I think could have won the defender of the year trophy”notes to conclude Jaylen Brown. “When he’s healthy and can move, he’s one of the best defensemen in the league. So I’m not surprised by this performance. »

Will he be able to reproduce such a performance on Friday evening? Because unlike the first three rounds, the rest will be reduced between Game 3 and Game 4. The two teams have only one day to breathe, this Thursday, before returning to the floors of TD Garden.

“Having two days changes my routine, that’s obvious”recalls Robert Williams III. “I can stretch more, put ice on my knee. Whenever I have extra time, it helps me. There, between the third and fourth innings, I have no time. We’ll see how I react. »

Robert Williams Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2018-19 BOS 32 9 70.6 0.0 60.0 0.8 1.7 2.5 0.2 1.1 0.3 0.3 1.3 2.5
2019-20 BOS 29 13 72.7 0.0 64.7 1.4 3.0 4.4 0.9 1.8 0.8 0.7 1.2 5.2
2020-21 BOS 52 19 72.1 0.0 61.6 2.6 4.3 6.9 1.8 2.0 0.8 1.0 1.8 8.0
2021-22 BOS 61 30 73.6 0.0 72.2 3.9 5.7 9.6 2.0 2.3 0.9 1.0 2.2 10.0
Total 174 20 72.8 0.0 66.5 2.5 4.1 6.6 1.4 1.9 0.8 0.8 1.7 7.2

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