Brad Stevens doesn’t envision Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward sitting out back-to-backs
Brad Stevens on whether the plan is for Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward to sit out back-to-backs or anything like that: “I’m not sure I anticipate that with either of those guys from everything I’ve been told thus far. I think they’ve really — they’ve made great strides.”
Stevens has been overly cautious when it comes to injuries with his players, as displayed last year when a slew of injuries plagued the Celtics’ roster in the second half of the season, forcing his hand to deplete his bench and call upon two-way contracts such as Jabari Bird.
Hayward, who’s been seen lately completing running and shooting drills with his trainer Drew Hanlen following his ankle rehab, has begun competing in 5-on-5 workouts and recently stated in pressers in the Celtics’ training facility that he’s “basically at 100 percent.”
Kyrie Irving likewise, recently completed knee rehab from a surgery in April and was cleared for workouts. He has been seen in the Miami Heat’s gym playing scrimmages with the likes of James Harden and Kevin Durant.
The Celtics look to advance far again and contend for the title as their two best players return to action. They managed to finish last year, sans their two stars, with the second-best record in the East, while advancing to the Easter Conference Finals led by veteran Al Horford and the young duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.