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Celtics forward Grant Williams suspended for contact with ref

Oct 24, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) reacts after being thrown out for getting his second technical foul of the game against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams drew a one-game suspension from the NBA on Wednesday for his treatment of a referee on Monday night in Chicago.

A statement from NBA head of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Williams was suspended without pay for “recklessly making contact with and directing inappropriate language toward a game official.”

Williams, 23, was assessed a technical foul after the incident with first-year referee Cheryl Flores and ejected with 8:58 left in Boston’s 120-102 loss to the Bulls. Interim coach Joe Mazzulla was also ejected from the game.

He will serve his suspension Friday when the Celtics play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams is averaging 9.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 24.8 minutes in four games off the bench this season.

For his career, Williams is averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 213 games (35 starts) since Boston drafted him in the first round (22nd overall) in 2019.

–Field Level Media