The Boston Celtics entered Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls undermanned — and they looked every bit of it. The team saw their six-game win streak snapped in a six-point defeat at the hands of their Eastern Conference foe. Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart, two players that have manned the majority of the ball-handling duties in Beantown over recent years, were both ruled out for the contest, leaving Boston to get creative at their point guard spot.
Rookie Payton Pritchard drew the start in place of Walker and showed admirably. The Oregon product logged 31 minutes on the night, posting 14 points and three assists. Tremont Waters got in on the action as well, notching nine points in just eight minutes. However, the most intriguing minutes at the position came from a youngster who typically does his damage playing off the ball.
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Celtics Envision Evan Turner-Type Role from Langford in Future
Romeo Langford, the Celtics’ 2019 lottery pick, has flashed since returning to the lineup, mainly due to his efforts on the defensive end. Readily known for his streaky scoring coming out of Indiana, the team asked their young wing to shoulder a larger distributor role against the Bulls — a role that’s been mostly foreign to the 21-year-old since entering the league.
“We tried to play Romeo there a little bit,” Stevens said of letting Langford run the show, via the Boston Globe. “I don’t know if that’s in his wheelhouse yet, but he has to get to that point with his size and his ability to pass the ball.”
Stevens admitted after the game that the 6-foot-4-inch, 216-pound Langford is “still kind of swimming,” likely pointing to the notion that Langford will revert back to his typical role in the short-term. With that said, Stevens sounds like a coach willing to hand the ball over to Langford in the future.
“We’re going to avoid it as much as we can right now obviously, because he’s not used to it, hasn’t played enough games to orchestrate and organize a group,” Stevens said. “We will eventually go to Evan Turner mode, I guess.”
Overall, Langford’s stat line was far from noteworthy. He shot 1-of-5 from the field, notching two points, five rebounds …read more