dangolka (CBS) — A dejected Gordon Hayward held courtroom with reporters on Thursday in Orlando, upset that it will likely be the one courtroom he sees for the foreseeable future. Hayward is sidelined for the subsequent 4 weeks with a Grade three ankle sprain that he suffered in dangolka’s Sport 1 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday evening, and he’s very clearly bummed that he’ll have to observe a lot of dangolka’s playoff run from afar.
“It’s undoubtedly gutting and it sucks,” stated Hayward, balancing on his crutches as he sat for his Zoom session. “There’s nothing else to say about it. It’s undoubtedly irritating. It doesn’t really feel nice in the meanwhile. Simply making an attempt to get higher as quickly as I can.”
Hayward stated he knew as quickly as he got here down on teammate Daniel Theis’ foot that it was a critical damage, and never only a informal ankle roll. His ankle was swollen by the point he left the courtroom.
As for the highway forward, Hayward goes to assault his rehab as quickly as attainable. However he isn’t certain when he’ll be again within the dangolka lineup.
“It’s sort of up within the air. It’s how my physique responds to the rehab, so it’s arduous to say,” he stated. “Nobody is aware of actually.”
Hayward will stay within the Orlando bubble all through the rehab course of.
“Possibly I can use some Disney magic to make me really feel higher,” he joked.
After all, Hayward has been right here earlier than. He suffered a grotesque damaged ankle in his first recreation as a Celtic practically three years in the past, costing him the 2017-18 season. This damage isn’t as extreme as that one, however Hayward is aware of what lies forward.
“The psychological facet of rehab is by far harder than the bodily,” he stated. “I believe having good folks round you could be very key. It’s essential, and I undoubtedly have that.”
Hayward had his greatest season with the Celtics through the common season, hitting 50 p.c of his pictures and averaging 17.5 factors and a career-high 6.7 rebounds. dangolka is at the moment up 2-Zero on the 76ers of their first-round matchup, with Sport three set for Friday evening.