"Bro is fuming internally": NBA fans clown Grant Williams for predicting a six-point Celtics win

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Grant Williams gets clowned by fans for his Game 5 prediction (Photo: Scott Kinser-USA TODAY Sports)

Among the storylines of this year's NBA Finals is the matchup between two teams with significant history, including their past connection with Grant Williams. Ahead of Monday’s Game 5, Williams made his prediction, sparking fan reactions.

The ESPN page on X (formerly Twitter) shared a clip of Williams predicting a six-point Celtics win.

“Celtics win tonight by six points and they’re winning their 18th championship. That’s my prediction,” Williams said.

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Fans poked fun at Williams, now with the Charlotte Hornets, for his prediction, with one suggesting he might be frustrated not playing in a game involving his two former teams.

“Bro is fuming internally,” user @DubsBetterrr said.

Added @SmartPicks_ai:

“Bro hates both [of] them for trading him”

The Celtics were 6.5-point favorites heading into Game 5, and one fan noted the coincidence of Williams predicting a six-point win.

“Celtics win by 6 points… the spread is also 6 points. NBA MUST INVESTIGATE HIM,” said @AndrewPerdomo6.

Here are other reactions to Williams’ Game 5 prediction:

Fans clown Grant Williams for Game 5 prediction
Fans clown Grant Williams for Game 5 prediction

Looking at Grant Williams' tenure with the Celtics and Mavericks

Grant Williams was drafted 22nd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2019 NBA Draft. A promising forward, he was the back-to-back SEC Player of the Year.

He played mostly off the bench his first two seasons, averaging under five points per game each year. In his third season, he increased his scoring average to 7.8 points per game, starting in 21 of 77 games.

In his fourth and final season with the Celtics, he started 23 of 79 games, averaging career highs of 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

That offseason, Williams became a restricted free agent and was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks in a three-team trade, signing a four-year, $54 million deal.

He played just 47 games for the Mavericks, averaging 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists before being traded to the Charlotte Hornets midseason.

According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, the Mavericks were dissatisfied with Williams' personality and commitment.

"I would say one of the ways that Grant Williams rubbed people the wrong way, the yap, yap, yapping, obviously, that's kind of part of it with him," MacMahon said in The Hoop Collective podcast.
“Grant Williams has proven throughout the course of his career, when he gets in shape he can be an impactful defender, but that's not the guy that the Mavericks got."

In 29 games for the Hornets, Williams averaged career-highs of 13.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

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