Williamson described returning to the court after missing the 2021–22

regular season due to a fractured foot as a "breath of fresh air."

He added that when the starting lineups were released,

it was another time when he felt like things were finally getting back to normal

He claimed that during warm-ups, he could tell he missed the glamour of being in an away venue.

Williamson made 11 of his 22 field goal attempts, all of which came from within the paint.

According to ESPN Stats & Information analysis, Williamson has played in 45 of his 86 career games with at least 20 points in the paint

Despite the absence, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only player to have played in more games

Including practises, "this is probably the first time we played together for more than 20 minutes,

McCollum said. Therefore, it was pleasing to observe our chemistry and our ability to strike a rhythm.