Hayward set to return to Celtics’ rotation for East finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Gordon Hayward has been a part of Boston groups which have made the Jap Convention finals twice up to now three seasons.


He’s about to lastly discover out what these video games are like.

The Boston Celtics listed Hayward as energetic for Recreation three of their East title collection towards the Miami Warmth on Saturday night time, with each indication that his proper ankle is now properly sufficient to permit him to play. When he does get into this collection, it’ll be his first time in an East finals sport; he was inactive for all seven video games within the 2018 collection and the primary two this 12 months, each occasions due to accidents.

“He can rating the ball. He can change all of the totally different positions. He offers us quite a lot of defensive flexibility there. He simply offers us quite a bit,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated. “And I believe that he’s at all times been a man that gives a fantastic sense of stability.”


Hayward performed 34 minutes in Recreation 1 of Boston’s first-round collection towards Philadelphia when he harm the appropriate ankle. The Celtics stated Hayward could be out not less than 4 weeks with what they stated was a Grade III sprain, essentially the most extreme degree; it’s been about four 1/2 weeks, so he’s primarily proper on the envisioned schedule.

“We don’t count on him to be a world-beater, however I believe his presence helps us,” Stevens stated.

Hayward had a powerful season for the Celtics, averaging 17.5 factors, 6.7 rebounds and four.1 assists on precisely 50% taking pictures. Hayward was solely the second Boston participant to have these numbers, or higher, over a full season; Larry Chook is the opposite, and he did it 5 occasions for the Celtics.


The Celtics went into Saturday trailing Miami 2-Zero within the collection.

Hayward was a prime goal of Miami within the free company summer time of 2017 earlier than he selected the Celtics. Boston went to the East finals in his first season there, however he performed solely 5 minutes of the primary regular-season sport earlier than his 12 months ended with a horrible damage — a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia. The Celtics misplaced that East title collection to Cleveland in seven video games.

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