The Boston Celtics will play their first game in the NBA Summer League on Saturday in Las Vegas. While you will likely see former New Albany star and Indiana University standout Romeo Langford on the Celtics bench, you most likely won’t see him on the court today, and maybe not at all in Sin City.
Langford remains sidelined since having surgery in April to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The 6-foot-6 guard reportedly hasn’t participated in any of the Celtics’ practices leading up to the summer league. He has, however, put time in doing other things. Included among those has been getting up plenty of shots. Langford was even spied practicing his shot with a ping-pong paddle taped to his left hand. The purpose was to keep Langford’s left thumb off the ball during his follow-through.
In addition to Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers at 5:30 p.m. (ESPN), the Celtics are scheduled to play the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. Monday (NBA TV), the Denver Nuggets at 8 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2) and the Memphis Grizzlies at 10:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2). A single-elimination tournament will begin next Friday and is slated to conclude July 15.