Grant Williams’ Trash Talk to Donovan Mitchell Backfires Spectacularly As Cavaliers Stun Celtics

Grant Williams’ Trash Talk to Donovan Mitchell Backfires Spectacularly As Cavaliers Stun Celtics

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:27 PM
  • Grant Williams cost the Boston Celtics a win late in the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • To make it worse, he trash-talked Donovan Mitchell before missing two important attempts
  • Williams missed both free throws as the Celtics went on to lose a crucial game in overtime

Grant William had an unforgettable night during the Boston Celtics' 118-114 overtime defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He had a chance to win the game for the visitors but missed two crucial free throws with 0.8 seconds left.

Before missing, he had a regrettable exchange with Cavaliers All-Star, Donovan Mitchell.

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Grant Williams regrets his trash talk to Donovan Mitchell. Photos by Jason Miller and Justin Ford.
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The Celtics were coming off a painful 131-129 double-overtime defeat to the New York Knicks and were looking to bounce back. They are 1-4 in their last five games

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The 2022 NBA finalists were without MVP candidate, Jayson Tatum (knee injury), Al Horford (back), and center, Robert Williams III (hamstring). Nonetheless, they looked like they were going to steal the win.

They led by as much as 15 points, but Cleveland rallied back to win at home. Grant Williams's exchange with Mitchell was the talking point after the game

Williams trash talks Mitchell

After a timeout late in the fourth quarter, backup guard, Payton Pritchard attempted a floated pass and missed, but Williams was in the vicinity for the put-back.

The 24-year-old was fouled while attempting the shot and stepped to the line to make the free throws. Before he could do that, he boasted he could make both.

Mitchell then riled up the fans to distract Williams. It worked, as he missed the first one. The second one went in and out and Marcus Smart's tip-in was unsuccessful, per SB Nation.

Williams, an 82.7 free throw shooter, needed to make just one to win the game. However, he couldn't back up his trash talk.

Celtics lose to Knicks

Sports Brief also reported on the Celtics losing to the Knicks 131-129 in a double overtime thriller.

Immanuel Quickley stole the show at TD Garden to help New York register a ninth straight win.

MVP candidate, Jayson Tatum led all Celtics scorers with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.