Williams (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds in Friday's 124-97 win over the Magic.
Williams was placed in the protocol last weekend when he was determined to be a close contact of Robert Williams -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- but the former only ended up missing one game after the Celtics had three consecutive contests postponed. After clearing the protocol ahead of Friday's game, Williams stepped into the starting five in place of Jayson Tatum, who also tested positive for the virus. Despite the enhanced role, Williams was unable to make much of an impact on the box score, as Jaylen Brown, Jeff Teague and Marcus Smart dominated the usage on the top unit in the blowout.
Williams is starting Friday's game against the Magic.
Williams will join the starting lineup for the first time this season after being cleared from the league's health and safety protocols. He's averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds over 19.1 minutes per game through his first eight appearances of the year.
Williams (COVID-19 protocols) is not on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against Orlando.
On track to play Friday for the first time in a week, the Celtics will get both Williams and Tristan Thompson back, while a number of other regulars are still considered questionable due to health and safety protocols.
Williams (COVID-19 protocols) is expected to be available for Friday's game against the Magic, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
While the Celtics will still be without some key players, it looks as though Williams and Tristan Thompson are on track to return to action. For Williams, it would be his first action since last Wednesday (Jan. 16), when he played 28 minutes and finished with five points and six boards in a narrow win over Miami.
Williams (COVID-19 protocols) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Wizards and will be unavailable while going through the seven-day quarantine period for contact tracing, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
The 22-year-old will be sidelined for at least a week after being deemed a close contact of Robert Williams, who tested positive for coronavirus. Tristan Thompson is also out due to contact tracing.
Williams (health and safety protocols) is questionable for Friday's game against Washington, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
It's unclear what landed Williams in this situation, but he's likely subject to contact tracing, as teammates Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson and Carsen Edwards are all on the injury report with the same designation.
Williams generated 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds and three blocks across 24 minutes in Monday's 126-114 road win over the Raptors.
Through seven games, Williams has hit 40.0 percent of his three-point attempts (six of 15). That's in stark contrast to his rookie season, which started with 25 misses from behind the arc. The 6-foot-7 forward is earning slightly more minutes in his sophomore season, but he will continue to fight with fellow reserves Semi Ojeleye, Robert Williams and Aaron Nesmith for floor time. The Tennessee product's three blocks tied his career high. Williams and his fellow Celtics will try to keep their two-game winning streak alive Wednesday night in Miami.
The Celtics exercised Williams' $2.62 million team option for 2021-22 on Tuesday, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
In addition to Williams, the Celtics also picked up the third-year option for wing Romeo Langford and the fourth-year option for center Robert Williams. The 2019 first-round pick hasn't seen his role expand much thus far in his second season, as he's averaging 15.3 minutes per game through the Celtics' first four contests.
Williams scored three points (1-1 3Pt) in five minutes off the bench while committing one foul, one turnover and recording a minus-10 in Tuesday's 116-111 win over the Pacers.
Just hours after having his rookie-scale option picked up by the Celtics, Williams found himself glued to the bench after a rough few minutes on the court. The second-year forward hadn't played fewer than 15 minutes in Boston's first three games, averaging 4.3 points, 3.7 boards, 1.7 assists and 0,7 threes with the second unit, so coach Brad Stevens was likely just sending him a message. The team has plenty of other young players pushing for minutes if Williams' level of play on the defensive end doesn't pick up, however.
Williams generated two rebounds and a steal over seven fourth-quarter minutes in Friday's 92-87 Game 7 win over the Raptors.
Forget the box score stats when it comes to Williams in Game 7. When Daniel Theis fouled out, the rookie provided vital defense in the closing minutes of the victory. Yes, he missed two needed foul shots. Per Kemba Walker, "Grant saved me" when Walker bounced a desperate in-the-key bounce pass to Williams on Boston's second-to-last possession. Williams fought off Kyle Lowry for the ball and drew the foul that led to missed free throws, while teammate Jason Tatum fought for the second miss. Boston was still up three, though, and it was Williams who prevented Fred VanVleet from hitting a three that would have sent the game to overtime. As Marcus Smart said, "He's not even a rookie anymore, the way he plays."
Williams generated six points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3Pt) and one rebound over seven minutes in Wednesday's 125-122 double-overtime Game 6 loss to Toronto.
Williams was one of only three bench players to score for the Celtics. Through 10 playoff games, the rookie is averaging 11.4 minutes and 3.9 points per post-season contest. Williams has earned the trust of coach Brad Stevens, but with Boston constricting its rotation, the Tennessee product is having a hard time finding postseason minutes. Expect limited run from Williams during Friday's pivotal Game 7 versus the Raptors.
Williams posted three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt), two assists and a rebound in Wednesday's 149-115 win over Brooklyn.
Williams was one of eight reserves to receive minutes -- six of them -- during the blowout win. Unlike many of Boston's other bench players, Williams has appeared in all four of the team's Orlando bubble games. Don't expect flashy numbers from the rookie, who earns his minutes via solid defense, quality picks and extra passes. He's likely to see single-digit minutes as usual Friday versus the second-place Raptors.
Williams eked out five points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one steal over 15 minutes in Friday's 98-84 scrimmage loss to the Thunder.
Coach Brad Stevens benched all the Celtic starters after the first half, which allowed eight Boston reserves, including Williams, to receive double-digit minutes. Before the March stoppage of play, Williams averaged 15.6 minutes per game over 62 appearances. The rookie provides non-box-score production for Boston, helping via things like the extra pass or excellent switches on the defensive end. In Orlando, don't expect any gaudy stats from Williams, but he'll probably see meaningful minutes before the playoffs start.
Williams will come off the bench Friday against the Jazz, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
After a one-game stint in the starting five, Williams will head to the bench while coach Brad Stevens gives Semi Ojeleye the nod. Across Williams' past five games as a reserve, he's averaged 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17.4 minutes.
Williams recorded eight points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 win over the Cavaliers.
With Jaylen Brown (hamstring), Kemba Walker (knee) and Gordon Hayward (knee) all inactive, Williams made his fifth start of the season against the Cavaliers. The end result doesn't look like much, but this is the rookie's best scoring output in 10 contests and the most minutes he has received since late December. The Tennessee product is always a threat to fill up the stat sheet, and if these three starters remain out for Friday's tilt versus the Jazz, Williams could start again and be a viable punt for daily-fantasy formats.
Williams will start Wednesday's game against the Cavs, Celtics' play-by-play man Sean Grande reports.
With three regulars out, the Celtics will shake things up and go with Williams up front alongside Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis. Brad Wanamaker will move into the starting lineup at one guard spot next to Marcus Smart.
Williams didn't score, but collected four rebounds, one assist and one steal over 22 minutes during Wednesday's 114-103 road win at Utah.
Don't look to the rookie Williams for gaudy stats. That said, the Tennessee product is a much appreciated "glue guy" for the Celtics. He makes the extra pass, hustles for loose balls and rotates well on defense. Despite only taking one shot attempt, William still had a plus/minus rating of plus-5 over his 22 minutes. Williams has appeared in Boston's last 34 games, with two starts, and has averaged 4.6 points, 2.9 boards, 1.2 assists over 17 minutes per contest. He should continue to see the floor Saturday versus Houston's small-ball lineup.
Williams tallied seven points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in nine minutes during Tuesday's 116-105 loss to Houston.
Williams' playing time was back to just nine minutes Tuesday as the Celtics were able to field their go-to lineup for the first time in a while. Williams has the ability to defend multiple positions, which gives him added responsibilities whenever injury strikes. He is fantasy relevant in only deeper formats, although his dynasty value is quietly improving. On the positive, over the past dozen games he's made 10 of 18 three point attempts. That's in stark contrast to early in the year, when Williams couldn't buy a bucket from behind the arc.
Williams will start Friday's game against the Hawks, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
With Gordon Hayward (foot), Daniel Theis (ankle) and Jaylen Brown (ankle) all sidelined, coach Brad Stevens will give Williams the nod. In three previous starts, Williams has averaged 3.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 18.0 minutes.
Williams amassed 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt), six rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes in Wednesday's 116-100 win versus the Magic.
With Daniel Theis (knee) and Robert Williams (hip) both out, Williams saw some extra work as the Celtics' primary big man off the bench. The rookie is always a threat to collect multiple defensive statistics, but the 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc was a very pleasant surprise. If the Celtics' frontcourt continues to be depleted for Friday's matchup versus the Hawks, Williams should continue to see over 20 minutes and be a solid cheap play for daily fantasy formats.
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|01/17||vs NY||L 75-105||24||3||2||1||1||1||0|
|01/15||vs ORL||W 124-97||23||2||2||0||0||0||0|
|01/08||vs WAS||W 116-107||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|01/06||@ MIA||W 107-105||28||5||6||1||1||2||1|
|01/04||@ TOR||W 126-114||24||14||6||0||3||0||3|
|01/03||@ DET||W 122-120||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|01/01||@ DET||L 93-96||19||8||4||0||0||0||0|
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