Romeo Langford has spent most of the season rehabbing from wrist surgery, and right when he was prepared to make his season debut for the Boston Celtics coming out of the All-Star break, he was put into the Health and Safety Protocols. This week, he’s been working his way back since we finally got a glimpse of him on Monday before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans, but it seems that we won’t have to wait much longer to see him on the floor in game action.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs Houston:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 1, 2021
Semi Ojeleye (left side strain) - OUT
Tristan Thompson (Health & Safety Protocols) - OUT
You’ll notice that Romeo Langford’s name is not listed on the injury report. This is great news because previously, he was listed as reconditioning after Health and Safety Protocols. This makes sense because Langford hasn’t seen any game action since September 2020, and before then he was part of a long layoff that the entire league experienced. Brad Stevens noted that Langford mentioned that his legs “felt like jelly” after trying to work his way back, so it makes sense why we haven’t seen him on the court yet.
When Langford does return, don’t expect to see him in long stretches. Stevens noted that he’ll likely play in short bursts as he returns to form. Langford appeared in 32 games last year, and he showed plenty of promise, particularly on the defensive end. The biggest problem has been that he hasn’t shown that promise all too often because of appearing just 32 games over an almost two-year span (he didn’t even play in Summer League!). Now is the time for Langford to get and stay on the court to show the world why he was picked 14th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Additionally, after missing Wednesday night’s loss agains the Dallas Mavericks due to a non-COVID illness, Robert Williams will return back to his spot in the starting lineup.
The Boston Celtics take on the Houston Rockets tomorrow night at 7:30 PM EST at the TD Garden after two straight home losses.