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Here's the latest on Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum back injuries

Here's the latest on Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum back injuries

The Boston Celtics added injury to insult in Charlotte on Saturday night.

Center Robert Williams III exited with a back contusion after suffering a hard fall in the second quarter, while forward Jayson Tatum also injured his back late in Boston's 124-117 loss to the Hornets.

After the game, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens provided updates on both players and suggested Williams could be sidelined for some time.

"I'm guessing we're looking at a Jaylen (Brown) timeframe from this year, at least," Stevens said of Williams.

Brown injured his back in a similar fashion in a March 2018 game against the Minnesota and missed Boston's next six games during a two-plus-week absence.

A similar timetable for Williams, who made his first career NBA start Saturday night, would peg his return right around the end of the regular season. It's tough timing for Boston, as big men Al Horford and Aron Baynes both are nursing injuries that kept them out Saturday night.

Stevens said Tatum is "being looked at for the same thing" as Williams, adding he didn't know the severity of Tatum's injury. Tatum's fall didn't look as bad as Williams', but he's the Celtics' second-leading scorer and would be a tough loss even if he only misses a game or two.

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Celtics vs. Wizards highlights: Boston rests starters in regular-season finale

Celtics vs. Wizards highlights: Boston rests starters in regular-season finale

FINAL SCORE: Washington Wizards 96, Boston Celtics 90

IN BRIEF: Brad Stevens rested the Celtics' top six players — Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, and Daniel Theis — as the C's wrapped up the seeding-game portion of their schedule against the Wizards.

That meant a lot of time for the C's bench players against a Wizards squad that had lost each of its seven games in the Orlando bubble and was resting Rui Hachimura.

Javonte Green had a team-high 23 points for the Celtics, who will await the schedule for their first-round playoff matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. Thomas Bryant's 26 points and nine rebounds led the Wizards to the win.

BOX SCORE

CELTICS RECORD: 48-24

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HIGHLIGHTS

You know what helps a player's shooting percentage? When the other team leaves him all alone in the corner.

Vincent Poirier throws a block party on Jerian Grant:

Romeo Langford drives to the hoop & takes care of business himself:

Carsen Edwards gets the hoop -- and the harm:

We call this: turning defense into offense.

How about a little Tacko Thursday?

An unfortunate early exit for Romeo:

UP NEXT

The Celtics will open a first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers next week (dates & times to be announced). 

Tacko Fall stuffs Ish Smith, dunks on Wizards in Celtics' bubble finale

Tacko Fall stuffs Ish Smith, dunks on Wizards in Celtics' bubble finale

Tacko Fall finally saw some action in the NBA bubble Thursday -- and not on the golf course.

The Celtics' 7-foot-5 rookie logged eight minutes against the Washington Wizards in Boston's seeding-round finale, his first regular season playing time since Feb. 5.

Fall made his Orlando cameo count, too, racking up four points, four rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in Boston's 96-90 loss.

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The Celtics big man also made a few cameos on the highlight reel. Here's Fall swatting Wizards guard Ish Smith back to his hotel room in the third quarter:

And here's Fall dunking over a pair of helpless Washington defenders:

Fall also picked up a pair of quick fouls, but it was still a successful stint for the fan-favorite rookie, whose appearance Thursday came much to the delight of (virtual) C's fans.

Fall likely won't get much run in the postseason, but perhaps Brad Stevens will deploy his towering center against 7-foot big man Joel Embiid in the Celtics' first-round matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.