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."