Gordon Hayward plans to play in Celtics' preseason opener

NBA.com Global on Sep 27, 2018 05:17 AM
Gordon Hayward plans to play in Celtics' preseason opener
Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward waves as he steps off the basketball court after speaking with members of the media and taking part in a photo shoot, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at the team's practice facility, in Boston. Hayward is working his way back from a broken leg. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NBA.com staff report

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward says he plans to play in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) preseason game, per NBC Sports Boston's Abby Chin.

Hayward hasn't played an NBA game since last season's opening night, when he dislocated his left ankle and fractured his left tibia.

The 28-year-old recently said he's "basically 100 percent" and told reporters on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that he even dunked off his left foot in practice.

Boston will face the Charlotte Hornets on the road this Friday (Saturday, PHL time).

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