Stevens: Full recovery, but no timetable for Hayward return
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 19, 2017 07:25 AM
Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward is expected to make a full recovery from the gruesome injury he sustained in the team’s opener.
They just don’t know how long it will take yet.
Stevens told reporters before the Celtics’ home opener against Milwaukee that Hayward has a dislocated ankle and broken tibia. He is expected to have surgery soon, but it hasn’t been scheduled yet. Stevens says he isn’t sure if Hayward will be able to return this season.
After playing his first seven years with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract this offseason to rejoin Stevens — his college coach — in Boston. But he was injured in the sixth minute of the first game when he landed awkwardly under the basket in Cleveland.