BOSTON — Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (illness) and rookie Romeo Langford (right knee sprain) both sat out Monday’s practice and neither will play in Tuesday’s exhibition finale against the Cavaliers.
"Tatum was sick today, so we'll leave him back,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "Other than that, everybody practiced except Romeo. Romeo's sore today, as to be expected. Not playing tomorrow. I haven’t gotten anything like two weeks, three weeks — I haven’t gotten any timeline on it. I just know not tomorrow.”
Langford will still make the trip to Cleveland but will not play. Stevens hinted that many of Boston’s heavy-lifters from the first three preseason games will see a downshift in the finale.
“It'll be some of the guys that played a little bit less the last few games,” Stevens said when asked who he expected to play on Tuesday night in the rematch with the Cavaliers.
The Celtics wrap up exhibition play Tuesday then will have a full week before their season-opener in Philadelphia.
"We do have, I think, five practices before our first game. It gives you a chance to clean up stuff you need to clean up,” said Stevens. "If you want to add something for your opponents that are coming up, you can do that. You've got all kinds of flexibility with that."
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