This is not how Robert Williams III wanted his first start with the Celtics to go.
The 2018 first-round pick out of Texas A&M had to leave Saturday’s matchup with the Hornets after a scary fall.
On the play in question, Williams attempted to put back a Marcus Smart miss, but lost his balance and fell directly to the floor on his back.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 23, 2019
He stayed on the ground for a good amount of time before leaving the game.
The team announced soon after Williams would not be returning.
#NEBHInjuryReport Rob Williams has suffered a lower back contusion and will not return to tonight’s game.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 23, 2019
Williams came into the game averaging 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 2018-19.