Skip to main content

Will Brad Stevens' Theis/Williams center triad survive the post season - and beyond?

Enes Kanter averaging one minute per game thus far in the Eastern Semis versus Toronto tells us all we want to know about his future with the Boston Celtics. Brad Stevens has little faith, at least for this series, in the likable Turk.


The Celtics allowed the Raptors to even the series at 2-2 last night, dropping Game Four with a score of 100-93. One of the few bright spots was the play of sophomore Rob Williams. Rob logged 15 minutes, entering the game early in the first quarter (9:26 mark). He scored six points on 3-of-4 from the field, gathering five rebounds in the process. Noteworthy was the fact he only picked up only one foul for the game. He is learning not to go for fakes and not to try to block every shot. He had no blocks in the game, but he is providing decent coverage both down low and on the perimeter.

Rookie Grant Williams picked up 12 meaningful minutes in the loss, coming away with four points and two boards. The Williams duo's combined 27 minutes of play overrode Theis' 25 minutes, and we can expect to see similar minutes from the center triad in Game Five of the series.

Rob Williams is still a work in progress, but he continues to improve on both ends of the floor. Experience will generate more savvy, and I view him as a keeper for Danny Ainge. Grant already has a decent basketball IQ as a rookie. He may never be a star, but he just may stick on the Celtics roster. It may come down to a choice between Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye for next season.

Theis produced eight points, seven boards, one assist, one steal and one block in the game, and we can assume that he has peaked this season. Though somewhat undersized at 6'8", he has enough quickness and mobility to fit in quite well with what Stevens wants to accomplish. But the question remains whether the Celtics can succeed long-term going with this kind of minutes-sharing at the 5-spot. This series may decide that question.

Photo via Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true-and-suspenseful horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - as told by the cops that were there By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.) and Off. Steven Bezanson (Ret.) Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating- Photo: YouTube   Elm Street  surfaces on four occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts 2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) He was arrested and transported to Massachusetts State Police Barracks on Elm Street in Concord . 3.) He was  tried, convicted   and sentenced for the murders at  Superior Court , corner of  Elm Stree t and Gorham Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the stage is often set for true horror. Such was the case with triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante . As a 16-year old , he quickly transitioned from: Minor thefts and breaking into homes To: Taunting and threatening a father and

Sign the Petition! Let's honor Tommy Heinsohn

  No longtime Celtics fan can watch games this year without a somewhat heavy heart. For the last 50 plus years, we have been blessed as a franchise to have Tommy Heinsohn, Mr. Celtic himself, as a part of the organization. Whether it be as a player, coach, or commentator, Tommy has been an instrumental figure for the green, and his presence is missed on every broadcast. Nobody embodied what it meant to be a Celtic more than Tommy, and I know I miss his energy and ferocity every time Scal claims the refs "made the right call" against the Cs. While Tommy obviously belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Celtics, he is often overlooked in his place among the greats of NBA history. Looking back upon his life, one would be hard pressed to find someone with a bigger impact on NBA basketball than Mr. Celtic. For those who are unfamiliar, let's do a quick review. Tommy is one of 2 people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach (the other being the indomitable Len

Using trade exception to acquire Aaron Gordon needs consideration

The Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon was taken fourth-overall in the 2014 NBA draft, two spots before Boston picked Marcus Smart at #6. I felt at the time that Danny Ainge would have taken Gordon with the sixth pick if the 6'8" power forward was still on the board. Well now, with a $28.5 million trade exception in his hands, it may be time to consider adding the super-athletic wing. Here's why: Brad Stevens feels you can't have enough mid-sized wings Brad Stevens does not favor the "little guys" because they often get mis-matched on defense by taller opponents. He also is not fond of the old-school, big centers. In his mind, they just can't be effective on his switching, perimeter defensive strategies. Gordon's salary fits the trade exception Aaron is set to earn $18.1 million this season and $16.4 million in the 2021-22 season. His salary was front-loaded, and that relatively-low $16.1 million figure kicks in when Jayson Tatum's max contract goes