Boston’s Grant WIlliams says the Celtics’ ‘advantage is huge’ with home court boost fans provide

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The Boston Celtics have had their home crowd as a weapon against opposing teams nearly as long as they have existed, and the present-day iteration of the team certainly isn’t an exception, with the home crowd at TD Garden unleashing a deafening roar in the Celtics Game 1 win over the Brooklyn Nets this past Sunday afternoon.

And while there may not be any scientific data out there to back up the Garden crowd noise levels as a component to winning, it certainly helped provide a psychological boost to Boston, which forward Grant Williams spoke about with the press on Tuesday afternoon.

“Our fans know they’re some of the best in the league honestly, because not only are they going to rip the other team but they’re going to have our back through it,” explained the Charlotte native.

“It’s one of those things where if we make a run in that building, (our opponent) might have to call a time out because they might not be able to get a play off,” he added.

“A quarterback sometimes taps the helmet where they’re like, ‘I can’t hear a single thing.’ … I think that Boston Garden fans, it’s one of those things that as a player growing up (and) watching, you admire the fact that like (Kevin Garnett) in that era, how much Boston fans really made an impact. They have been that way since I was a kid and they are still that way now, so having that advantage is huge.”

“We understand that our home court is our home court, we have to protect it,” Williams said shortly after.

Perhaps with a left from the deafening roar in the Garden this weekend, Boston did precisely that against Brooklyn.

But they’ll need to do it again to keep it — and another two times to advance, whether on their home court or not. And we have yet to see how the crowd at Barclays center responds in kind.

Though we have our doubts it will even be close, at least regarding the intensity of the fans in the stands.

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