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Playing "hard and hurt, Rob Williams excels in Celtics 116-100 win in Game 3

 Celtics center, Rob Williams did his best John Havlicek impression in last night's 116-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. 


For those that remember, in the 1973 Eastern Conference Finals, Hondo, against the Knicks, played the final three games with his right shoulder so badly injured, his coach, Tom Heinsohn, had this comment:

“His right arm was dangling — most guys wouldn’t have even been out there,” Heinsohn said.

As with Havlicek, Williams III has been playing with one appendage - in this case one leg. Regardless of the knee issue, in last night's win, Rob logged 26 minutes, scored eight point (4-of-5 FG), took down 10 rebounds (3 offensive), made three steals, blocked four shots and came away with team honors in plus/minus (+21).

Ime Udoka used his supremely-athletic big man at various junctures in the contest, and Williams responded beautifully. He gives his team such versatility with his height, length, quickness and mobility. Kudos to this young man. 

Rob Williams is the most-athletic big man the Celtics have seen since Bill Russell. Beyond that, he has guts and grit. Stay healthy, young man!

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