Williams poured in 14 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) during Thursday's 135-102 victory over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Williams was chucking away during his time on the court, posting his best shooting night of the postseason since Game 4 of the first round against the Pacers and draining his first three-pointers of the conference finals. The veteran point guard has proven to be a solid addition to the Cavs second unit and offers the security of an abundance of starting experience in the event of an injury to Kyrie Irving. As it has thus far in the playoffs, Williams' role in the Finals will likely fluctuate depending on game script, but he's likely to see minutes in the teens at a minimum in the majority of games.
Williams (illness) will play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics on Tuesday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. Williams was held out of the team's shootaround Tuesday morning, but after receiving treatment throughout the day, he's feeling good enough to take the court. That said, he's struggled to get anything going while coming in with the second unit and has averaged just 12.7 minutes over the first three games of this series, so he's likely not an intriguing DFS option for Tuesday's slate.
Williams missed morning shootaround due to an illness but should be considered probable for Tuesday's Game 4 matchup against the Celtics. Williams has been seeing 15.0 minutes per game during these playoffs, so his potential absence would be significant. While Williams is expected to play, Iman Shumpert would likely absorb most of the minutes as the reserve point guard behind starter Kyrie Irving if Williams ultimately remains sidelined.
Williams will start at point guard for Monday's matchup with the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Kyrie Irving is getting the night off for rest Monday, which allows Williams to draw into the starting lineup. He should see the bulk of the work at point guard, although the Cavaliers did recall Kay Felder from the D-League as well, who should help spell Williams. Iman Shumpert could also see extra ball-handling opportunities.
Williams posted 19 points (8-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot over 20 minutes in Wednesday's 126-113 loss to the Nuggets. Since joining the Cavaliers on March 1, Williams hasn't had much impact playing behind Kyrie Irving, but tonight marked his highest point total with the team. Williams could have an interesting role with the team in the next few weeks, as Cleveland may opt to rest some starters leading up to the playoffs, and his output tonight could garner some extra minutes in that role. He's also an excellent insurance policy for Irving if you're in a format that begins their playoffs this week or next week.
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