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He was unable to play for the Celtics summer season league staff after being drafted in 2019 attributable to thumb surgical procedure.
Romeo Langford had performed with a torn ligament in his thumb all through his freshman season at Indiana and had an operation previous to the Celtics deciding on him at No. 14 final yr.
Sitting out the summer season league in Las Vegas was a little bit of a setback for Langford, however the aim was to have him prepared for coaching camp within the fall.
Sadly for Langford, his rookie season turned derailed attributable to a sequence of accidents.
The newest got here in Recreation 2 of the Jap Convention finals towards the Miami Warmth on Thursday night time when he suffered a strained proper adductor and exited after enjoying just one:21 of the primary quarter.
The 20-year-old Langford was dominated out of Recreation 3 on Saturday night time when the Celtics tried to start the climb again from a 2-0 deficit.
Langford had performed solely seven minutes within the second-round sequence towards the Toronto Raptors, going 3:44 in Recreation 1 and three:28 in Recreation 5. After being a DNP within the opener towards the Warmth, Langford was despatched into the Recreation 2 with 7:29 remaining within the first quarter.
However whereas enjoying protection, Langford suffered the groin harm and needed to go away the sport.
It marked the second time within the Disney World bubble that Langford had been injured.
He began the meaningless regular-season finale towards the Washington Wizards on Aug. 13 and performed half-hour, however tore ligaments in his proper wrist that day.
Coach Brad Stevens mentioned on the time that Langford would finally want surgical procedure, however he was capable of make appearances in all 4 video games towards the Philadelphia 76ers within the first spherical, together with a 23-minute stint in Recreation 2.
After Langford obtained getting into coaching camp final October following the thumb surgical procedure, he handled a groin harm and missed the primary three video games of the common season with a sore proper knee.
Langford additionally sat out six video games (Nov. 25-29 and Dec. 4-9) with a proper ankle sprain, an harm that was aggravated whereas he was enjoying for the Maine Purple Claws attempting to get again in enjoying form.
An sickness additionally value Langford 4 video games in early January. He was on the inactive record 26 occasions and had 14 DNPs whereas showing in 32 video games with two begins.
Langford averaged 2.5 factors in 11.6 minutes and performed seven video games for the Purple Claws, scoring 10.6 factors per sport.
Stevens began giving Langford minutes in December and once more in February and was impressed by his protection.
However Langford was by no means capable of keep in a groove all through his first NBA season.
“I really feel for him,’’ mentioned Stevens final month after the wrist harm. “He’s a tough working man. He’s a troublesome man and I believe he’s obtained a shiny, shiny future.’’
The participant drafted one spot above Langford, Tyler Herro, helped the Warmth take a 2-0 sequence lead over the Celtics. Herro had 12 factors, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in Recreation 1, and 11 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in Recreation 2.
The Celtics had Herro in for a predraft exercise early in June 2019 and he was spectacular, however the Kentucky product was chosen No. 13 by the Warmth. He averaged 13.5 factors in 55 regular-season video games and is scoring 14.1 factors within the playoffs.
Been there earlier than
Six gamers from every staff had expertise within the convention finals previous to this season.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Good are within the finals for the third time every for the Celtics whereas Tatum, Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye are of their second convention closing. Enes Kanter performed within the Western Convention finals towards the Golden State Warriors with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in 2016 and the Portland Path Blazers final season.
For the Warmth, Andre Iguodola performed within the Western Convention finals 5 occasions with the Warriors, profitable each time, whereas little-used Udonis Haslem performed for the Warmth within the convention finals in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012 (towards the Celtics), 2013 and 2014.
Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk had been with the Celtics in 2017 after they performed the Cleveland Cavaliers within the convention finals. Goran Dragic was on the Phoenix Suns after they misplaced to the Los Angeles Lakers 10 years in the past and Meyers Leonard misplaced to the Warriors with the Path Blazers final yr.
Across the rim
The Celtics and Warmth won’t play once more till Wednesday night time when Recreation 4 takes place. The Celtics and Warmth are on ESPN, and since that community has “Monday Night time Soccer,” there isn’t any room at night time for the NBA playoffs. … Tatum completed twelfth within the voting for essentially the most useful participant award with one fifth-place vote. Giannis Antetokounmpo gained the dignity for a second yr in a row. … After enjoying in 11 of the earlier 12 playoff video games, Robert Williams was a DNP in Recreation 2 towards the Warmth. Kanter, who has acquired little enjoying time, contributed 9 factors and 6 rebounds in 10 minutes.
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