BOSTON -- When you’ve battled multiple injuries in college as well as in a still-young NBA career, you can understand why Romeo Langford was concerned when his right knee bent back unexpectedly when he slipped on a wet spot.
Celtics say Romeo Langford has a right knee sprain and will sit out remainder of game. Here's the play 👇 He seemed to tell trainer Art Horne he was fine after but went right to locker room. pic.twitter.com/EGILRTeE8v— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) October 13, 2019
“It was a little scary at first,” Langford told NBC Sports Boston following the Celtics’ 118-72 preseason win over Cleveland. “But I’m going to be alright. It’s just a little sore now.”
And with that news, Langford can breathe a sigh of relief.
Drafted by Boston with the 14th overall pick in June’s NBA draft, the 6-foot-6 wing was still on the mend from an injury to his right (shooting hand) thumb that he played with most of his freshman season at Indiana.
After surgery followed by time to gradually get back into the flow of things, Langford’s progress was once again stymied by an injury; this time being a tweaked groin.
“It’s not bad-bad,” said Stevens when describing Langford’s injury. “But who knows what that means for Tuesday.”
The Celtics have erred on the side of caution when it comes to players in the preseason who may not be 100 percent healthy.
Brad Wanamaker has a sore left hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for Sunday’s game, primarily to best ensure that it won’t get any worse.
A similar approach could be taken with Langford as the Celtics look to close out their preseason slate of games on Tuesday at Cleveland.
If Langford is held out for Tuesday’s preseason finale, it’ll be a precautionary measure more so than him not being able to play in the game.
“It was just like scary fall, that’s all,” Langford said. “My leg just bent; it’s fine.”
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