Celtics’ Gordon Hayward no longer planning to leave NBA bubble after injury layoff
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward initially intended to leave the Orlando bubble for the birth of his fourth child. However, it seems like he will now stay with his squad for the rest of their postseason run, as reported by Rachel Nichols of ESPN.
Gordon Hayward was originally supposed to leave the Bubble for the birth of his fourth child, but since he just got a bunch of unexpected time with his family due to his injury, he told me the current plan is to stay with the Celtics for as far as they go.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 20, 2020
Robin Hayward was scheduled to go into labor sometime this September, so Gordon originally expressed his intention to exit the bubble and be with his family when his wife gives birth. However, due to an ankle injury that kept him out of action for more than a month, the Celtics vet was able to spend a lot of time with his family at home.
Apparently, that time was enough for him to allot his time and effort to the Celtics for the rest of the playoffs. Luckily for him, Boston was able to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Nonetheless, this is still a big sacrifice for Gordon Hayward. Welcoming another child is obviously a very special occasion. Leaving the family at a time like this and choosing to stay with the Celtics must have been a very difficult decision for him.
As for the Celtics, this is a welcome news for them as they face a tough Miami Heat team in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston has certainly missed the 6-foot-7 forward’s playmaking ability and versatility on both ends of the floor.
Hayward finally made his return to action in Game 3 on Saturday, which was his first game in the 2020 playoffs. With the former All-Star back in the fold, this boosts Boston’s chances to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in a decade.