The Boston Celtics had two chances to defeat the Cavaliers, in Cleveland, on the second night of a back-to-back, without their entire frontcourt playing, on March 6.
But Grant Williams got to the free-throw line, chirped up Donovan Mitchell, who had 40 points when it was all said and done, and missed both foul shots with 0.9 seconds left and the game tied in the fourth quarter.
Boston lost in overtime 118-114, and the Celtics fall further from first place as a post-All-Star break malaise continues to decimate the team’s momentum during a time the Cs need momentum the most.
Twitter roasted Grant Williams for missing game-winning free-throws for the Boston Celtics
If you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk. Williams didn’t need to hit a Jordan-esque step-back with a defender in his face. He needed to hit exactly one free-throw to stop the C’s losing streak.
The memeability of the moment was of course captured on Twitter — and the masses didn’t take it easy on the impending Boston Celtics restricted free agent:
Grant Williams is costing himself money, a spot on the Boston Celtics moving forward, or both
Even when Williams has a great game, he does something that makes the idea of the Boston Celtics paying him in excess of $15 million in free agency this offseason one worth having sleepless nights over.
After enduring a 4/18 shooting stretch the last five games, Williams finally snapped back with a 4/5 3-point shooting effort in Cleveland. The free-throw gaffe will be what will be remembered, though — particularly if this season fully falls off the rails as it is at the moment.
Injuries and scheduling are worth considering when assessing this loss, but assessing Williams’ free agent future just got murkier. If a team gives Williams a massive offer sheet, the Celtics front office has to consider if the risk will be worth the reward.