Romeo Langford missed last night’s loss at TD Garden to the Wizards with a strained left calf, his third game in a row after sitting out wins in Houston and Charlotte. Per head coach Ime Udoka, Langford’s MRI came back clean, but the team is cautiously moving forward and doesn’t think there’s anything serious to worry about.
After a somewhat lifeless game from Jaylen Brown and another net negative performance from Josh Richardson, Langford’s absence as a wing defender and now capable shooter is glaring. In Langford’s first two games, he went 4 for 6 from behind the arc, after 9 of 15 in the preseason. With two days off before facing off against Washington again at the Capitol, that will be one week since seeing Langford on the floor and hopefully plenty of time to recover for yet another early season injury.
Another potential replacement off the bench, Aaron Nesmith, has not seen consistent playing time with the second unit, too. According to Udoka’s assessment, the second-year man is playing too fast, a mindset that plagued him early in his rookie year. “I think he’s pressing a little bit and rushing things. He needs to slow down some and settle,” Udoka said.