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Grant Williams suspended one game after bumping referee

Williams will sit out, without pay, when the Celtics face the Cavaliers on Friday.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls
Grant Williams reacts after receiving his second technical foul against the Bulls.
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Celtics forward Grant Williams has been suspended one game following his ejection Monday, the NBA announced Wednesday afternoon.

He’ll sit out when the Celtics host the Cavaliers on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

A release from NBA Communications said Williams “recklessly” made contact and directed “inappropriate language” toward an official in the Celtics’ 120-102 loss to the Bulls. He won’t be paid while he’s suspended.

The incident occurred with 8:58 left in the fourth quarter. Here’s a look at the play:

In Williams’ absence, Sam Hauser, Luke Kornet and Blake Griffin are all candidates for an increase in minutes.

Williams is averaging a career-high 9.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in a career-high 24.8 minutes per game.

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