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Romeo Langford provides update on recovery from thumb injury

Romeo Langford provides update on recovery from thumb injury

Romeo Langford was the lone Boston Celtics 2019 draft pick that didn't see any action during the Las Vegas Summer League. Langford, the 14th overall pick in the draft, was still recovering from thumb surgery that had plagued him during his time at Indiana, so he wasn't able to get on the floor.

However, it appears that Langford is making good progress in his recovery from injury. According to Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com, Langford said that his injured thumb is "basically" back to normal though he isn't participating in any contact drills.

“I haven’t done any contact still, but I’m going against coaches and stuff like that,” Langford said per Westerholm. “But I haven’t gone live against defenders."

Of course, going against live defenders will be an important step for Langford. But, the Celtics shouldn't feel the need to rush him into that type of action. And given the depth that they have on the roster, they won't need to.

The only concern that might pop up regarding Langford's return will surround what role he might play with the team. After all, the Celtics are deep and a lot of their young players proved to be worthy of spots in the rotation during summer league play. Despite this, Langford isn't worrying about what his role will be and is just focusing on getting better ahead of his rookie season.

"I’ve talked to (Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens), but not really focusing on who’s role is which," Langford said per Westerholm. "It’s really just about getting better right now, learning the concepts and schemes and the offense (Stevens) likes to run, and just getting back to 100 percent is the main thing. ... I’m learning concepts and stuff like that, but I’m just really working out, working where the coaches see me, what position I’ll play, and working on different things out of that spot."

Langford will likely get some answers to where the coaches see him playing in the near future. It will be interesting to see how the first-round pick will factor into the Celtics' wing rotation once the NBA preseason begins.

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Celtics Report Card: Power Ranking the C's roster by importance

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Smart prevailed in the balloting with 28 percent of votes but no one earned less than 22 percent. It hammered home how Boston’s early season success has been a group effort from their core players. 

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Kemba Walker 'ecstatic' about getting Gordon Hayward back in Celtics lineup

Kemba Walker 'ecstatic' about getting Gordon Hayward back in Celtics lineup

BOSTON — Count Kemba Walker among those excited to get Gordon Hayward back on the court.

"I'm excited. I'm ecstatic and happy for him,” said Walker. "He was playing really well before he got hurt and, of course, we need him. He is one of our best players. He's a starter for us and averaging 20 points. That's 20 points that we were missing. It will be great to get him back for sure.”

Hayward went through walkthrough Monday with the intention of playing Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to coach Brad Stevens. Hayward was conferencing with trainers after shootaround looking for the final thumbs up. 

Hayward has missed the past 13 games while rehabbing from a left-hand fracture suffered against the San Antonio Spurs in early November.

The Celtics, however, will not be at full strength on Monday even if Hayward plays. Robert Williams is out due to a sore left hip while Marcus Smart is doubtful due to an eye infection.

Walker doesn’t believe the Celtics will have any struggles reintegrating Hayward after his absence. Boston went 9-4 without him.

“Gordon is so smart and knows how to play the game, so easy to play with,” said Walker. "I don't think there will be any challenges. I think he's going to come in and do as well as he did before he got hurt.”

In other injury news, Stevens gave positive updates on Romeo Langford and Tacko Fall.

“[Langford] had a great workout this morning. Did a little bit of our shootaround so that was good, should be clear pretty soon,” Stevens said of the 14th overall pick, who has been sidelined by an ankle he sprained twice in Maine.

"Tacko is doing great,” said Stevens. "I’m guessing he’ll be cleared by the end of the week.”

Fall, a two-way big man, has been sidelined recently with a bruised knee. Once healthy, he’ll be able to rejoin the Maine Red Claws.

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