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Marcus Smart Highlights the Efforts of a Surprising Celtics Player

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The Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (#36)

Marcus Smart took the podium after the Boston Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals to praise one Celtic in particular – Robert Williams III – for his contributions to the team’s victory. Despite his physical challenges, Smart praised Williams for putting forth the effort he has.

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Smart explained, “I’m constantly talking to Rob because I know what he’s going through.” “Despite his pain, he wants to get out and help his team, but he’s also thinking about his career.” ‘You know your body,’ I simply said. You know what you’re capable of, but just know that we’ve been given an opportunity to do something special. We can’t guarantee we’ll be back here, so if you can go, we’ll take 20% of you because that’s better than none of you,’ he understood. He made the decision to put on his big boy pants and go out there.”

Williams, who has been dealing with knee issues throughout the 2022 NBA Playoffs, had an eight-point, ten-rebound, four-block, three-steal performance in Game 3 while also having the team’s best plus/minus of plus-21.

Williams Reflects On Playing Through Pain

Williams was asked about playing with his knee problems after Game 3 of the series. With his response, he made no apologies.

Boston Celtics Postgame Interview with Robert Williams (Game 3) | Celtics vs Warriors | 2022 NBA Finals After their 116-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals, Robert Williams speaks with the media. Ime Udoka’s postgame: youtu.be/-3ID7RMz2is Marcus Smart’s postgame: youtu.be/55oNIZJiYvU Al Horford’s postgame: youtu.be/qwyO__Yu9B8

“It’s been rough,” Williams explained, “throwing everything at it.” “The next day after the game, it’s usually worse.” Obviously, the adrenaline was waning, but today we tried something new. I was able to benefit from getting on my bike a little earlier before the game.”

Williams later stated that warmups made his knee feel better.

Williams said, “I felt a little looser in the warmups, so it was good.” “I can tell how stiff it is usually during the day.” My range of motion simply informs me of what I should include in my warm-ups. What I must do and what I do not must do.”

Williams was then asked if being in the finals makes playing through his knee injury easier. Knowing what’s on the line motivates Williams to keep going.

“Knowing why I’m playing and taking the risk of playing when I’ve gotten this far.” I have a lot more work ahead of me, but it will be well worth it.”

Celtics List Williams as Questionable For Game 4

Williams is listed as questionable on the Celtics’ injury report for Game 4 due to “left knee soreness,” as he has been since the playoffs began.

Since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat in 2022, Williams has never missed a playoff game. He’s more likely than not going to play in Game 4 pending any new developments and based on what’s happened thus far.

What is unknown is how long he will be able to stay on the court if and when he does. Williams’ Game 4 performance helped Boston take a 2-1 lead in the finals, but it’s unclear whether he can keep it up.

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