Robert Williams III gritted his teeth

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) scored a shot against Draymond Green (23) in front of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

With 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks on average in these NBA Finals, Robert Williams III is not sure who is the number one candidate for the next MVP title in the series.

But his giving of 3 games, with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals, is not obvious as the Celtics desperately need a helping hand to lock their racquet.

Embarrassed by his left knee, Williams actually played on one foot. Soon, C’s medical professionals have stepped up their efforts to keep their stable pivot in the best possible conditions.

“The new holidays have helped me a lot. But it is different every day. Last night I felt good. ” Williams explained at his conference. “Medicines, many medicines: blood thinners, ice. And we do the same thing again. We wake up, we go home, we put on ice, and I put on my pressing hand. We do everything we can to heal. I love. »

Aside from the last four games of the conference semi-finals against Milwaukee, and losing for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference against Miami, Williams has managed to play every opposing team in Golden State. Thanks for so much work behind the scenes …

“We start with a deep massage of the knee, the back of the calf and the tip of the knee. We do the calves. We put the ice in one or two. We wait a few hours and work I was told to sleep or sit as best I could. We had been doing this for two or three weeks, so I am used to it now. that is what is needed. “

Encouraged by adrenaline

Named the second of the five best defenders of the season, Williams is a “game changer” for the Celtics with his unique style in the NBA. Stephen Curry couldn’t believe the counter of “Timelord” on any of his “floters” in Game 3.

“We came to game 3 to work on the lack of body we showed in game 2. It wasn’t going to be easy. I can’t say we’re winning the fight with them. We just saw where we weren’t enough and we fixed the situation. »

In the meantime, the Celtics need to continue to press, maintain or increase their level of strength. For Robert Williams in one case, it was a question of gritting his teeth and continuing to play. Even the pain.

“It’s confident. Fortunately, when I’m on the field, the adrenaline and energy take me away. Some moves hurt me more than others, like moving to the side before the straight run. But hey, the adrenaline of the game helps me a lot. ”

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