Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward will hopefully join Celtics in Charlotte
The Boston Celtics provided a timely update on the status of forward Gordon Hayward, who is currently in the league’s concussion protocol following a blow he took to the head on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.
The update came from head coach Brad Stevens himself, who stated that Hayward may be able to rejoin the team this coming weekend:
#NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says of Gordon Hayward, “Our hope is that he joins us in Charlotte.” Coach adds that every indication is that Hayward felt OK today, and that he will see a doctor today.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 20, 2019
Hayward was unable to suit up on Monday against the Denver Nuggets, and it was recently reported that he will remain unavailable in the team’s marquee matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
However, as indicated by Stevens, Hayward might be able to give it a go on Saturday when the C’s take on Kemba Walker and a Hornets squad that is fighting for its life in terms of securing a playoff spot in the East.
The Celtics themselves are locked in a battle for positioning, as they remain just half a game behind the Indiana Pacers (who have lost their last three games) for the fourth seed.
Hayward’s injury comes at an inopportune time with the 28-year-old currently in the midst of a surge. In five contests prior to the injury, he was putting up 15.0 points (on 62.5 percent shooting), 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.6 steals in 25.5 minutes of action.
It’s going to be a tough road ahead for the Celtics as they close out the regular season, and an even tougher journey in the playoffs, and Hayward will definitely play a pivotal role moving forward.