Romeo Langford played against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday and returned to the Boston Celtics he had been waiting for.
The second-year guard, who missed the first 49 games of the 2021 season due to offseason wrist surgery and aggressive COVID-19 testing, performed well in his first game.
“Yes, he is fine.” Head coach Brad Stevens said on a video conference that the Celtics beat the Hornets 116-86. “Tough. Obviously, it’s great to get him back on the floor. After he catches the ball and hits it out of bounds for the first time, I think he did a lot.”
Kemba Walker added: “It’s great to be with him. Romeo is a very important part of what we want to do. …I am excited for him, excited for his opportunity, Because he is getting better and better.”
Langford played 12 minutes on the bench. He came in with two minutes left in the first quarter, and he made some contributions earlier, including a beautiful block on the rim of Charlotte’s Miles Bridge, and a three-pointer to start. Boston scored in the second quarter.
Langford said in the post-match video conference: “It’s great to go back there and get my legs back under me and compete with my teammates.” “I have 12 minutes. , I feel good. I am not too tired. I am not exhausted. So it’s good.”
In most of these 12 minutes, Langford’s defensive versatility has also been demonstrated. This is one of the most prominent aspects he thinks can be brought to the table.
Langford said: “I think our team only needs to worry about one person.” “I think I am my best at isolated things, rather than letting my guy go around me. That being said, this It means that the team really doesn’t need to give much help, and give up more three-pointers on the person I want to check.”
The Celtics’ 2019 first-round show also expressed the impact of COVID-19 on him. Langford will return after the NBA All-Star break and will be included in the league agreement on March 10.
Langford said: “When I had symptoms, it was really bad.” “My symptoms lasted for about four to five days, which dealt a heavy blow to me. I felt like I had a severe flu, and then eventually Lost my sense of taste and smell. I really still can’t smell that much. So I really don’t allow two and a half weeks to do anything. So the main thing I come back is to drive myself crazy and make me feel about the game and feel To balls and things like this.”
Stevens pointed out before the game that he has no expectations for Langford in the next week or two. Stevens explained that the plan was to help Langford regain his body and thus extend his playing time.
Langford and the Celtics will return to TD Garden on Tuesday, and they will host the Philadelphia 76ers.
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