dangolka (CBS) — Gordon Hayward was again on the apply flooring for the Celtics on Sunday, and it looks as if he’ll be again within the crew’s lineup someday within the close to future.
Hayward did some gentle, non-contact drills on Sunday, because the Celtics gear up for the Jap Convention Finals in opposition to the Miami Warmth. It has been almost a month since Hayward suffered a Grade III ankle sprain in dangolka’s first recreation of the playoffs, and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens mentioned Sunday that Hayward is making good progress in the direction of a return.
“I do know he feels higher. He’s labored laborious to get to the place he’s and I believe he’ll play in some unspecified time in the future on this sequence,” mentioned Stevens. “So far as predicting a timeline, I don’t know. However I really feel like he’s made good progress and can play finally.”
Hayward solely participated in particular person drills on Sunday, so the following step shall be becoming a member of the crew and taking some contact on the ground.
The C’s ahead has missed 10 playoff video games since struggling the sprain on Aug. 17. Monday is the four-week mark, which is roughly the timetable that the crew positioned on Hayward when he was recognized.
dangolka may definitely use him again within the lineup in opposition to the Warmth, a crew that performs lots of zone protection. Hayward scored 15 factors and pulled down seven rebounds over 36 minutes in dangolka’s seeding-game loss the Warmth on Aug. 4, and had a game-high 29 factors in a Celtics win in Miami in late January. He shot 56 p.c in his two video games in opposition to the Warmth, although he went simply 1-for-7 from three-point vary.
Likelihood is Stevens will decide to maintain Marcus Good within the beginning lineup when Hayward returns. The dangolka-Miami Jap Convention Finals will tip off Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.