With Wednesday’s regular season opener on the horizon, a handful of Celtics spent Monday’s practice on the mend. Gordon Hayward missed practice sick and Robert Williams continues to progress through the league’s concussion protocol and could be cleared for contact on Tuesday.
The team will travel tomorrow to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers and it’s unclear if all members of the team will make the trip. Along with Hayward and Timelord, Tacko Fall is still out after also getting hit in the head at practice. He’ll continue to navigate the concussion protocol and eventually, I-95 to Portland where he’ll spend most of his two-way time with the Maine Red Claws.
Curtains up at practice and the team is doing through drills. Romeo Langford & Robert Williams are on the floor pic.twitter.com/2a7PT02gFE— John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) October 21, 2019
Romeo Langford, who left the final preseason game in Orlando with a sprained knee, went through shooting and agility workouts, but was not a full participant at practice.
The absences of Fall and Langford shouldn’t hurt the Celtics in the opener, but Boston would definitely miss Hayward and Timelord if their not available. Hayward has shown some of his playmaking prowess at the four replacing former teammate and now Sixer Al Horford.
With Tacko in concussion protocol, Grant Williams has entered the post-practice 1-on-1 big man work and is making plays. pic.twitter.com/529zicvj2z— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) October 21, 2019
Williams, who started the first preseason game at center, is another big, lively body that the Celtics could throw at Philly’s large front court of Horford, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons.
After starting the season on the road on Wednesday, the team travels back to Boston for their home opener against the Toronto Raptors on Friday.