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Gordon Hayward posts video of him doing shooting drills on road to recovery

Jay Asser 10:52 03/03/2018
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Gordon Hayward has played only a few minutes as a Boston Celtic.

Boston Celtics fans who are holding out hope that Gordon Hayward will return before the end of the season received a positive sign on Friday.

Hayward, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury just minutes into his Celtics debut in the season opener, posted a brief video on his social media channels that showed him doing some shooting drills.

The former All-Star also teased there will be “more to come” on the Players Tribune, which is where he posted his announcement that he would join the Celtics this past summer.

We’ve already gotten glimpses of Hayward shooting, but those were stationary shots. In the latest video, Hayward looks as mobile as he’s been since the injury and is even seen taking small jumps on his shot.

Celtics brass, from general manager Danny Ainge to coach Brad Stevens, have maintained they don’t expect Hayward to return from injury this season, but they’ve not ruled him out either.

“I’ve said all year, not coming back,” Stevens said last week before facing the New York Knicks. “It’s the way I’ve operated. It’s the way we’ve looked at it.”

On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Mannix furthered tempered hopes.

“I saw Hayward before the All-Star break. He’s walking fine, but his ankle was still swollen and still purpleish, which makes it impossible to believe he will be ready to play before mid-April,” Mannix wrote in his column.

Boston only have 19 games left in the season, so it’s not as if Hayward has ample time to be ready to play if he is to return.

But there still appears to be a chance, albeit small, that Boston could have one their stars back before the start of the playoffs.

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