Don’t look now, but a fully healthy Celtics squad may be on the horizon. At least that’s what Celtics small Forward Gordan Hayward would like you to believe.
According to Nicole Yang of the Boston Globe, Hayward stated that there is a possibility that we may see the all-star back on the parquet as soon as tomorrow. Following those developments, the Celtics officially listed Hayward questionable for tonight’s matchup.
Gordon Hayward says tomorrow’s game vs. Cleveland is a possibility for his return. He says the broken bone in his left hand is healed: “It’s probably stronger than my right hand.”— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) December 8, 2019
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs Cleveland:
Gordon Hayward (left hand fracture) – QUESTIONABLE
Romeo Langford (right ankle sprain) – OUT
Rob Williams (left hip soreness) – OUT— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 8, 2019
This is great news for the Celtics, as the timetable for Hayward’s return was Christmas at the latest. Not only will the Celtics have a fully healthy team, but this will give them much needed depth as they roll through their rivals of the eastern conference, with the 76ers coming into town proceeding a matchup against the Indiana Pacers.
Since Hayward’s absence, the Celtics have gone 9-4 with wins against quality opponents. But the major takeaway from this would be the emergence of the “Double J’s“: Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum. Brown has shown progression with not only his ball-handling skills, but his shot-creating as well. As for Tatum, he’s become more of an offensive threat similar to what he was during his rookie year. Will Hayward’s return gum up their progress?
I guess we’ll have to wait & find out.