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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is optimism that Celtics F Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) can make his return to the lineup for Game 3, barring any setbacks in pre-game warmups.
The return of Gordon Hayward certainly adds another weapon for the Celtics, who are down 2-0 against Miami. Hayward hasn't played in over a month so if he's able to play, he'll likely see between 20-25 minutes.
Boston Celtics F Gordon Hayward has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Miami Heat.
Hayward was upgraded to doubtful just a day ago but now he's been officially ruled out due to a right ankle sprain. The Celtics will continue starting Marcus Smart in his absence.
Gordon Hayward (ankle) is returning to the bubble Sunday but is not expected to play "any time soon."
Hayward left the NBA bubble on on August 23rd for treatment on Grade 3 sprain of his right ankle. "Hayward is due back in the bubble tomorrow night," said Celtics' HC Brad Stevens. "He’ll have a four day quarantine and is not expected to play any time soon.” Hayward continues to recover from an an ankle injury and will be able to join his teammates in the bubble on Sunday. The 30-year-old is likely out for the rest of the Celtics-Raptors series, but could return for the Eastern Conference Finals.
Celtics forward Gordon Hayward left the NBA bubble on Friday in order to rehab his injured ankle back home. Gordon plans to return to the bubble when he is close to playing again.
Gordon sustained a Grade 3 sprain in his right ankle after landing awkwardly while battling for a rebound in Game 1. He was given a four-week timetable for recovery and will head back home to continue rehab. When he is ready to play, Gordon plans to return to the NBA bubble where he will be subject to the league's quarantine protocol's before being allowed to rejoin his team on the court. Marcus Smart has started both games in his absence while the likes of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have all seen a boost in their fantasy value and that should continue for as long as Gordon remains sidelined.
Celtics' forward Gordon Hayward will miss four weeks after an MRI revealed a Grade 3 sprain in his right ankle, per Shams Charania.
Gordon landed awkwardly on Daniel Theis' foot after battling for a rebound and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. His absence is a huge blow for the Celtics and they will now turn to Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to lead the charge for the next month. Marcus Smart is a candidate to enter the starting five in Hayward's absence while Grant Williams could see some more run off the bench.