Boston Celtics star Grant Williams has engaged in his fair share of trash talking this season, but in Game 2 against the Miami Heat, his trash talking backfired.
After his fiery exchange of words between Williams and Jimmy Butler, the Heat player scored nine of his team’s 27 points in the last period to help Miami overcome a nine-point lead with six minutes left and win Game 2.
Williams made a 3-pointer with more than six minutes left in the game to give the Celtics a nine-point advantage. The Celtics forward confronted Butler, who responded in a hilarious manner.
Grant Williams and Jimmy Butler faced up against one other on the following possession. Williams was moved by Butler as he drove to the hoop and made the and-one. He made good use of his free throw, cutting the margin to six points.
Following the foul, Butler and Williams again went head-to-head as players and officials separated them.
And with a 2-0 series advantage heading home, Miami is now a strong favorite to advance to the NBA Finals with a squad that wasn’t expected to advance past the first round.
“I’m a competitor and I’m gonna battle. He got the best of me tonight, and at the end of the day, it’s out of respect, because I’m not gonna run away from it. My mom always taught me, and my dad as well, you get your (expletive) kicked and you don’t come back home until you come battle again. You either come back before you die or you come back and get a win — and I’m not willing to die in this Finals,” Williams said after the game.
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Meanwhile, Buttler in a post game interview said, “That’s just competition at its finest. He hit a big shot. Started talking to me; I like that. I’m all for that. It makes me key in a lot more. It pushes that will that I have to win a lot more. It makes me smile…But it’s just competition. I do respect him, though.”