The Boston Celtics performed their 1st article-All-Star crack sport with out Gordon Hayward, dropping 98-97 to the Milwaukee Bucks. Nonetheless, they could possibly not need to have to go a great deal further more with out him:
#NEBHInjuryReport Coach Stevens claims Gordon Hayward (ankle) appeared great throughout observe currently and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 22, 2019
Hayward is sensation self-confident he’ll enjoy:
Hayward advised me he feels seriously great following today’s session and thinks he’ll be equipped to enjoy tomorrow.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) February 22, 2019
Gordon Hayward has had an up-and-down season with the Celtics following he skipped fundamentally all of previous season with a devastating leg injury. He has had some breakout video games, but he has struggled to obtain any consistency.
That becoming reported, he closed out the unofficial 1st fifty percent of the season really solid, averaging 21. factors, 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds in his final three video games.
This most current ankle injury briefly derailed that momentum, but it appears there is no explanation to fret. The fact that he’s sensation great in advance of the Celtics’ contest versus the Chicago Bulls on Saturday is a signal he could possibly be completely ready to return to the courtroom.
The Celtics are now 37-22 and in fifth location in the Japanese Conference. They are only a sport back again from the fourth-location Philadelphia 76ers and 1.5 video games back again from the 3rd-location Indiana Pacers.
At the same time, Boston is 7.5 video games in advance of the sixth-location Brooklyn Nets.
With the Celtics effectively assured to complete no worse than the No. 5 spot, they have their eyes on receiving up to No. 4 or No. 3 in purchase to have house-courtroom gain in at least the 1st spherical. Getting Hayward back again and actively playing at a large amount could make a huge change.
Nonetheless, if there is any indicator he is not 100 percent just before the Bulls sport, it would be sensible to allow him rest. The Chicago Bulls are 14-44 (fourth-worst document in basketball) and ought to be a group the Celtics can beat with out the assist of Gordon Hayward. Boston has a great deal even larger fish to fry going forward.