Boston Celtics wing Romeo Langford underwent wrist surgery while the Celtics were still in the bubble in September and has not played yet this season.
Langford, who is in his second year, is doing quite a bit of work, according to Brad Stevens. Still, he isn’t expected back in the immediate future.
“He’s doing a lot,” Stevens said on Thursday prior to the Celtics’ game against the Toronto Raptors. “He’s not playing live yet. He’s had a little bit of soreness that was to be expected. But that’s probably going to push him to the break, and he’ll probably be available after the break.”
The NBA’s All-Star break takes place in March. The game is scheduled for March 7, despite growing opposition from players around the league, including LeBron James.
After struggling with a variety of ailments during his rookie season, Langford had the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist surgically repaired. The injury was expected to take roughly 4-5 months to heal, which means Langford’s timeline has moved back a bit.
The Celtics will also be without Robert Williams when they take on the Raptors. Williams was ruled out with a sore hip — an injury he struggled with last year.
“My impression is it’s the same hip,” Stevens said. “He was just sore. He was sore earlier this year, I don’t remember if it was an exhibition game or a regular season game, and we sat him out as well. Just being very, very, very cautious with that, nothing more than general soreness. Hopefully, it’s nothing big and it doesn’t last beyond a day-to-day thing.”
Meanwhile, Jaylen Brown is dealing with tendinitis, which has Danny Ainge “concerned.” The Celtics have a difficult stretch of games looming, and Stevens said the Celtics’ training staff has a plan to help Brown through those games.
“Every one of our players has a treatment plan, and a lot of them deal with different levels of tendinitis,” Stevens said. “A lot of them have little things that they’re dealing with and have to manage over the course of a long year. Obviously the guys that play greater minutes have to manage it more. But yes, there’s a specific player treatment plan for each one of our guys. Our sports training staff does a good job.”
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