ORLANDO – The waiting game for rookie guard James Young continued Sunday afternoon as he watched his Celtics teammates practice at a high school in Orlando.
Young missed the team’s summer league opener against the Miami Heat Saturday due to the lingering effects of a car accident last month that left him with a sore neck. The swingman has not practiced with the summer league team, as he awaits the green light from the Celtics medical staff to return to the floor.
Head coach Brad Stevens indicated Sunday that Young is “unlikely” to play against the Indiana Pacers on Monday afternoon and his status for the rest of the week is still up in the air.
“Tomorrow we’re going to get more information and go from there,” Stevens explained. “The medical staff just said they’re going to let me know what the plan is for the rest of the week. I don’t know exactly [that plan] is. I know he’s going through a light workout today.”
Stevens has reiterated the team has no long term concerns about Young’s injury, but isn’t sure how much the injury has improved in the past few weeks.
“He hasn’t done anything stringent basketball-wise yet, so it’s hard for me to say that he’s progressed from that standpoint. I don’t know,” Stevens said.
Despite his absence on the floor, Young has been a constant presence around the team this week, which should help the guard hit the ground running when he returns to action.
“He’s in every film session,” said Stevens. “He’s watching every walkthrough. He’s shooting around right now and it’s really important.”