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Celtics’ Grant Williams suspended one game for bumping referee

Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 24: Grant Williams #12 of the Boston Celtics reacts as he leaves the floor after being ejected from the game against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center on October 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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The Celtics were reacting to the referees during their loss to the Bulls — Joe Mazzulla was ejected after backing up Jayson Tatum, who had gotten a technical earlier in the game.

Then Grant Williams got ejected for bumping into Cheryl Flores — incidentally, but still making contact — after he made a little sprint after a call he did not like.

The NBA has suspended Williams for one game for “recklessly making contact with and directing inappropriate language toward a game official.” As a result, he will sit out Friday night’s Celtics game against the Cavaliers.

Williams might have gotten away without a suspension, it didn’t appear his contact with Flores was intentional, but when he kept yelling at her he took things to another level. The ejection and suspension were near inevitable, the league doesn’t mess around with contact with an official.

The suspension will cost Williams $29,698, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.