For the Boston Celtics, who have struggled to score consistently this season save for a handful of players, the fact that Robert Williams and, to a lesser extent, Jayson Tatum, have been excelling at making other team's shots disappear has provided exactly that sort of defensive boost, especially recently.
Robert Williams is averaging a league-leading 6.4 blocks per 36 minutes, with a minimum of 100 minutes played. The next closest player is Hassan Whiteside at 3.9.
That boost, of course, is directly related with the loss of big men Al Horford and Aron Baynes, opening up a chasm of minutes needing to be filled in the frontcourt. So, while far from an optimal scenario, the big minutes may prove key in speeding along the development of the Timelord enough that his shot-blocking can become a tool to deploy with our best bigs healthy in the postseason.
For now, the tandem, whose combined age is still younger than yours truly (I'm 42, and feeling 90 after typing that) are going to have to keep up their precocious rate of rejections if Boston is going to win games over a comparatively tougher stretch of games beginning tonight with the Milwaukee Bucks, with games against the Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies looming before the new year.
Last night, Jason Tatum (4 blocks) and Robert Williams (5 blocks) became the first #Celtics teammates in exactly 15 years to block at least 4 shots apiece in the same game.
Mark Blount (4) and Chris Mihm (4) were the last pair to do so on 12/19/03.