NBA Rumors: Celtics' Grant Williams playing through elbow injury

Report: Grant Williams has been playing through elbow injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

A nagging injury may be partially to blame for Grant Williams' ongoing slump.

According to The Athletic's Jared Weiss, Williams has been dealing with a ligament strain in his shooting elbow since Feb. 12. The Boston Celtics forward was listed on the team's injury report with right elbow swelling ahead of their Feb. 14 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks but played through the ailment.

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More from Weiss:

"Williams had to stop lifting heavy weights for several weeks, though he returned to his normal routine before re-aggravating the injury in practice before Sunday’s double-overtime loss to the Knicks in which he played 45 minutes. According to those sources, throughout this injury, Williams has experienced discomfort turning or grabbing with his right hand."

It's unclear how much the elbow issue has impacted his recent struggles, but the numbers suggest it has been a significant factor. Williams entered Monday's overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting 7-for-26 from 3-point range 13-for-40 altogether since Feb. 12.

He boosted those totals -- and perhaps his confidence -- by shooting 4-for-5 from beyond the arc on Monday. But with the game tied and 0.8 seconds left in regulation, Williams missed his game-winning free throws after telling Cavs star Donovan Mitchell he'd make both. The Celtics went on to lose in OT, 118-114.

Williams and the C's will look to bounce back and avoid a four-game losing skid when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.