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Brad Stevens offers update on Gordon Hayward

Ty Anderson
October 18, 2017 - 7:05 pm

One night after watching Gordon Hayward suffer a gruesome injury that required a stretcher to get him off the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena court, and back in Boston for tonight’s home opener against the Bucks, the Celtics seem know about as little as they did then when it comes to the future of their $128 million man.

Speaking with the media before tonight’s tipoff, Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed what he said after last night’s 102-99 loss to the Cavaliers, noting that the 27-year-old Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia on the fall.

“He got to the hospital when we landed late last night, went through a myriad of tests this morning, [and they] confirmed what we reported yesterday with the dislocated ankle and the fractured tibia,” Stevens said. “He’s down. Obviously there’s a physical pain to it, but I think it’s doubled by the emotional pain of it. He put a lot of effort into trying to start this career out well in Boston, but this is a setback, we’re expecting a full recovery.

“We know there’s going to be a lot of tough days ahead on that recovery,” Stevens, who spent time with Hayward last night and today, acknowledged. “But at the same time, I think hopefully he’ll improve day-to-day, but it’s been tough. It’s been tough on him.”

And with a surgery date yet to be determined, Stevens would not put a timetable on Hayward’s recovery or return date just yet, or if the surgery would be season-ending.

“We don’t know that stuff yet,” Stevens said. “I’m not going to speculate nor open a timeline on it. I think after they finalize the surgery date, decide that, then they go in there and really evaluate it once they do the surgery, then they’ll let us know.”

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