1. Boston Celtics could get another hero performance from Grant Williams
It is very likely Grant Williams steps up and becomes that improbable hero like he was in a similar spot in last year’s second-round matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Williams went off in that game scoring 27 points as he helped the Boston Celtics dominate the second half of that game. Not only did he knock down 7 threes, but he was also a spark of energy off the bench. This is setting up for a repeat opportunity for Williams who found himself in the doghouse down the stretch of the regular season.
With the way he can put a body on Embiid and force him to work a little bit and with his ability to knock down the 3, Williams could become known as a big Game 7 performer if he does it again in this win-or-go home battle.
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In all, when teams play at home, bench players usually step up.
If both Tatum and Brown are on their game, this should be a wrap, but even if they are, someone from the supporting cast or even deep on the bench will need to step up once Philly decides to key in on either of those players.
That is exactly how the “Kelly Olynyk game” and “Grant Williams game” came to be. Those players stepped up and knocked down shots. The improbable hero of this game will shoot his way into Boston folklore in a similar way, especially if it’s a win.
If it’s a loss…well then it will be a game no one wants to remember.