Skip to main content

"Scott Foster tried to stop me" — Grant Williams on defending Kevin Durant after the whistle

Grant Williams also shared the funniest thing Kevin Durant said about the Boston Celtics defense.
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant shoots over Boston Celtics  forward Grant Williams

Kevin Durant had his hands full with Grant Williams

It is crystal clear how the Boston Celtics booted out the Brooklyn Nets in four games. They locked up scoring machine Kevin Durant to oblivion. One of the players tasked to guard him was Grant Williams, who was so committed to his task that he defended Durant even after the whistle. On one occasion, referee Scott Foster noticed Williams’ antics and tried to stop him.

Walking the talk

Williams discussed why he stuck with Durant even after the whistle. Though Foster tried to break them up, Williams believed he still succeeded in getting a hand up.

You gotta follow through on what you say, right? It was just about not letting him get an easy look off. It’s late in the game, he hadn’t really gotten an open look most of the night, other than probably that wide-open 3 he had. So, for me, it was just like, alright, I might as well not let him see the ball go in.

“Scott tried to stop me and I was like, ‘Yeah, you can stop me, but I’m still gonna get a contest off.' Had to make it seem like every shot he took was contested.”

Grant Williams, NBC Sports.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Statistics reveal that while Jayson Tatum defended Durant most of the time (and successfully shut him down), Williams did very well, too, in his 13:05 minutes of match-up time with the former MVP.

This showcased Williams’ versatility and potential to be one heck of a defender. Let’s note that he's 6'6'', yet he sometimes matched up with Durant and even Kyrie Irving. These are terrible mismatches on paper, but Williams certainly stood his ground against two scoring juggernauts.

Durant talks back

On those occasions, Williams stood by Durant and heard the Nets’ star share his thoughts on the Celtics’ stifling defense. Durant felt the physicality that he thought they were playing a different sport.

From the start of the series, honestly, that’s how I felt — make everything tough,” said Williams. “The funniest line that KD always says is like, ‘We’re playing football out here.’ That’s the most he’ll ever say.”

“He’s a guy that wants to compete with anyone. So he never takes any job lightly, he never complains or anything like that. He’s just a guy that wants to win and wants to battle.”

Grant Williams, NBC Sports

The Celtics will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. We can expect the Ime Udoka-coached squad to hound Giannis Antetokounmpo all series long. Tatum may be once again assigned to cover the two-time MVP. But don’t be surprised if Williams steps up and shuts him down too. 

kobe-bryant-pau-gasol-min

“It’s okay to be vulnerable or soft at times”-How Pau Gasol brought out Kobe Bryant's soft side

Pau Gasol was one of the best players to prove that it’s okay to be both soft — in terms of personality — and at the same time tough on the court.

bill-russell-shaq-min

Bill Russell once explained how he would defend Shaq: "He has to carry that weight up and down!"

A duel between the most dominant big man ever and the best defensive player in history would be a true showdown.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

Most epic on-court trash talk moments caught on camera

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James all dropped epic lines to hush their foes.

Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks

One-hit wonder — whatever happened to Houston Rockets’ Aaron Brooks?

Aaron Brooks played like an All-Star player in 2009-2010 season. However, his performances dipped due to injuries and alleged attitude problems.

Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller, Utah Jazz guard John Stockton, Scottie Pippen forward Chicago Bulls

Reggie Miller on why Scottie Pippen was the X-Factor in the Bulls' NBA Finals wins against the Jazz

Scottie Pippen has literally contained the best point guards in NBA history.

San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan, center David Robinson and center Kevin Willis

”We might not want to grab him” - Kevin Willis says Tim Duncan and David Robinson hesitated to throw him into a pool when he first arrived in San Antonio

Former San Antonio Spurs center Kevin Willis recalled his hilarious and epic first meeting with Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

“There are many days I don't want to be around people and I'm a nasty person” — Michael Jordan opens up about why he doesn’t like showing himself to the public

Throughout his playing days, Michael Jordan hinted why he prefers to stay away from the public spotlight, and true enough, he carries that persona in retirement.

ben-simmons-russell-westbrook-min

Ben Simmons gets heated after a fan roasts him to his face: "Hey Russell Westbrook! Can't shoot bro?"

The comedian known for clowning NBA players went up to Simmons at the mall, but the Nets star was not having it.