Anthony Chiang: Hornets injury report for tonight’s game vs. Heat: Devonte’ Graham (R Knee Contusion) questionable Gordon Hayward (R Foot Sprain) out Looks like LaMelo Ball and Malik Monk will be available on second night of a back-to-back despite both returning from injury yesterday.
Rick Bonnell: Hornets coach James Borrego reiterated that Gordon Hayward's recovery from a foot sprain isn't close to getting him back on the court yet: "Gordon is not there yet."
Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward will be lost for at least four weeks with a right foot sprain, the team announced Saturday. Hayward injured his foot on a drive to the rim in the first half of Friday’s road victory over the Indiana Pacers. Based on video replay, he appeared to step on the foot of Pacers center Myles Turner, then slipped to the floor. Hayward, who grew up in Indiana, was having a big game prior to that injury, totaling 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 19 minutes.
As it turns out, it wasn’t anything internal that led to Bosh calling it a career. His decision actually came forth after seeing Gordon Hayward’s injured his ankle in the first few minutes of his debut for the Boston Celtics in the opening night of the 2017-18 season: “I really knew I wasn’t gonna come back when Gordon Hayward dislocated his ankle,” Bosh said in a recent interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I told myself that year, I said, ‘Man, let me get back in the ball.’ Because I didn’t watch any basketball the year before. I’m gonna work out harder, I’m gonna get back inspired. Cleveland and Boston was playing. First game. Dwyane and ‘Bron. I watched my old friends at Cleveland. Boston’s got this new team. Within the first five minutes of me watching basketball that year, I see a dislocated ankle. And it pretty much knocked all the wind out of my sail. It was already really hard and getting more disheartening the further we were getting away from me not playing. And I knew that as a player. Whatever want that I had at that time, I was like, ‘Man, c’mon.'”
Rick Bonnell: The @hornets' @gordonhayward intends to play tonight versus Timberwolves. He provided detail on the hand injury that kept him out of the last 2 games.
Rick Bonnell: James Borrego on Gordon Hayward's right hand (or wrist) injury: "Obviously, we are all concerned."
Rod Boone: James Borrego said Gordon Hayward was a full go in practice today. Said they'll see tomorrow how he recovers. Status is still uncertain for Wednesday's opener in Cleveland.
Rod Boone: Gordon Hayward on how things are going: "I'm doing everything I can to be ready for the opener. I'm working around the clock to get there." Said he's really pleased with #Hornets medical staff.
Rick Bonnell: Gordon Hayward tested his fractured finger today with some ball handling and shooting. He says he will NOT play in last preseason game Saturday vs. Magic.
Rod Boone: Gordon Hayward said he thinks he his injured finger when he ran into Aron Baynes in the lane. Said he did some shooting and dribbling today in practice in Orlando. Finger is tender, he said, and it will depend on pain management.
Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward has a fracture at the base of the pinkie finger of his right hand that will cause him to miss at least Thursday’s preseason game in Orlando.
The injury is not considered serious enough to require surgery. He will be listed as day-to-day. It’s expected Hayward can play whenever he’s comfortable to do so, as far as pain tolerance and performing effectively. Hayward shoots with his right hand.
Hayward suffered the injury in Monday’s home preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors. The Hornets’ statement called this an avulsion fracture, which mean a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament was pulled away from the main part of the bone.
Rick Bonnell: Borrego on how Hayward is feeling: "He's very optimistic right now...He's already feeling better today." Hayward's fracture isn't expected to require surgery. He suffered the injury in Monday's preseason game against the Raptors.
Marc J. Spears: The Hornets say forward Gordon Hayward sustained an avulsion fracture of his fifth metacarpal on his right hand during the team’s preseason game against the Raptors on Dec. 14. Hayward will miss Thursday’s preseason game at Orlando and will be listed as day-to-day moving forward.
Hayward’s return from a third degree ankle sprain had an immediate impact. The Celtics won Game 3 in part thanks to his playmaking. But he went downhill from there, understandably so, according to a league source, who said the 30–year-old forward was “50-50” at best, and really in no position to impact a game. Through no fault of his own, Hayward’s time as a Celtic has never really taken off.
And none of those players were quite good enough in this series. Gordon Hayward was supposed to make a difference but he was hardly 100 percent, and that affected the Celtics' approach. According to an NBA source, Hayward sustained nerve and retinaculum damage in that sprained ankle and he could barely jump. He needed about two-plus more weeks of rehab that the Celtics just didn’t have. So he played on one leg.
Jared Weiss: Stevens expects Hayward to play tonight: "He just tells us how he feels, but he's played 3 on 3 the last couple of days and I would anticipate he will be available. But it's his call."
Malika Andrews: After confirming that Gordon Hayward will warm up before determining his status for Game 3, Brad Stevens adds: “I anticipate he'll be available, but that's his call." Should Hayward play, Stevens said he will come off the bench and his minutes will be monitored.
Barring a setback in pregame warmups, there's significant optimism within the Boston Celtics that forward Gordon Hayward will make a return to the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Saturday night, sources told ESPN. Hayward has missed a month with a right ankle sprain, but has progressed in recent days to the cusp of a return on Saturday with the Celtics trailing the Heat 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
If Hayward returns, Boston could play its five best players -- Walker, Smart, Brown, Hayward, Tatum -- in a centerless alignment that might help on the other end too. Alternatively, Robert Williams III, whom Stevens benched in Game 2, could lurk as a lob threat behind the zone. If Miami unleashes three-quarter pressure as a prelude to its zone, Boston can try to spring Walker with picks at half-court -- giving him a runway to bust the zone before Miami locks it in. (The Celtics tried this a few times.)
Chris Haynes: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward upgraded to questionable for Game 3 against the Miami Heat on Saturday.
Chris Grenham: "I'm told the Celtics were talking about the possibility, perhaps even likelihood, that they'll get Gordon Hayward back Saturday night for Game 3." Good stuff from Woj just now on @SportsCenter detailing the Celtics' last 24 hours:
Jared Weiss: Gordon Hayward is progressing toward returning for Game 3 of Celtics-Heat after feeling good in Wednesday’s post-practice workout, a source with knowledge of the situation told @The Athletic. He expects to get more on-court work Friday with the hope of playing Saturday.
Chris Grenham: Rachel Nichols says Gordon Hayward was optimistic about his recovery this morning, which is good news as we watch the Celtics struggle on offense.
Jared Weiss: Brad Stevens asked on 98.5 what game Gordon Hayward will be back: “I don’t know. I’m not a doctor.” Q: “Is he close?” A: “What does close mean. Define close.”
The former All-Star wing was having a resurgent season when a grade III right ankle sprain knocked him out of the playoff opener against Philadelphia. The Celtics gave him a four-week timetable to return to basketball activities, which would be borderline unprecedented for a grade III sprain. The four-week mark comes just ahead of Game 2 of the Conference final, but it doesn’t sound like Hayward is close to hitting that mark. “He did a couple of non-contact, very light drills,” coach Brad Stevens said. “He’s out there doing individual work right now, but none of that stuff with any groups.”
Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens on Gordon Hayward: "I know he feels better. He's worked hard to get where he is. I think he'll play at some point in this series. ... I feel like he's made good progress."
Gordon Hayward returned to the bubble earlier this week after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain in round one against the Philadelphia 76ers. The forward cleared quarantine Friday afternoon, which allowed him to get shots up with the Celtics staff prior to the tip-off of Game 7. Stevens was asked about Hayward’s status following the team’s series-clinching win. “I think he’ll be back at some point in that series (vs. Miami),” Stevens said. “But I don’t know when.”
Tim Bontemps: Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will be able to leave quarantine Friday, per a league source. It remains unclear when Hayward will be able to resume play -- he was ruled out for four weeks when he initially sprained his ankle on Aug. 17 -- but it's a first step in his return.
Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward is back in the bubble and currently quarantining. "I haven't seen him because he's been in a room."
Chris Mannix: Brad Stevens said Gordon Hayward’s rehab from a sprained ankle is going “OK.” Says his gait still isn’t right. Says he expects Hayward to rejoin the team in the bubble, but he won’t rejoin and be ready to play right away.
Brian Robb: Gordon Hayward on his ankle injury: "It's definitely gutting. It sucks. There's nothing else to say about it."
Brian Robb: Gordon Hayward: "The mental side of rehab is by far tougher than the physical." Can't imagine being in an bubble helps on that front. Really tough situation for him.
IJared Weiss: Brad Stevens on Hayward injury: "It's our job to make up for all the great things that he does by committee." They are still determining whether Hayward's rehab will happen in or out of the bubble.
Derek Bodner: Brown on potential starting lineup changes with Hayward injury: "Anything's on the table once we learned this Gordon Hayward news." Brown also said he was "very influenced, by and large, with just trying to match minutes (with Boston's stars)." Seems to bode well for Thybulle.
Chris Mannix: Just spotted Gordon Hayward walking into the Celtics meal room. On crutches. A boot on his right foot/ankle. Putting no pressure on it.
The Boston Celtics lost forward Gordon Hayward to a right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of their 109-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. "Sprained ankle," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Game 1 of this East first-round series. "Don't know the severity, but he's clearly in pain, and it looked like it had some swelling already. That's my medical review."
Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews after the game that Hayward would be getting an MRI on his ankle later Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Hayward, who scored 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in 34 minutes, was trying to box out Sixers star Joel Embiid inside with about 3½ minutes to go in the fourth quarter when his right foot got twisted and he went down to the floor in a heap.
For a player who noted soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle at the beginning of the NBA’s return to play program in June, the Celtics will certainly proceed with an abundance of caution. Hayward prefers to play without an ankle brace on, but there is a good chance that is going to change once he eventually makes it back on the floor. But considering he is already planning to depart the bubble to attend the birth of his son at some point in mid-September, the Celtics may have to plan on a playoff run without him.
Brian Robb: Brad Stevens on Gordon Hayward's ankle injury: "He's clearly in pain. It looks like he had some swelling already."
A. Sherrod Blakely: Gordon Hayward said his left foot still gets sore sometimes, adding that he thinks it's associated with the gruesome foot injury he suffered at the start of the 2017 season, his first in Boston.
Gary Washburn: Jaylen Brown out at least a week. Hayward day to day and Kemba just getting back to back rest. #Celtics
Tim Bontemps: Boston’s season as the walking wounded continues: Marcus Smart (quad) and Brad Wanamaker (ankle) are probable. Jaylen Brown (ankle), Gordon Hayward (foot) and Kemba Walker (knee) are questionable. Daniel Theis (ankle) and Robert Williams (hip) are out.
Chris Forsberg: Gordon Hayward says he’s been dealing with nerve issue in foot. Has received three cortisone shots but is hopeful most recent will work. Admits he’s frustrated. Also believes it’s related to his ankle injury. Hayward said he’ll see how ankle feels tomorrow but hopeful to play.
Mark Murphy: Cortisone shot appears to have been solution re: Hayward's foot. "I was super frustrated. I broke my hand and this was a different issue. When I wasn’t playing you would think I could figure it out. We were calling around the country trying to figure it out. Hopefully we did."
Jay King: Gordon Hayward said he thinks the nerve pain has “everything do with” his prior injury. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”
Tim Bontemps: Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward had a strong workout this morning. Won’t play today but says he expects him to be probable after today - meaning he’ll likely be back for Christmas Day in Toronto.
Tim MacMahon: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Gordon Hayward has been dealing with lingering foot soreness since before his hand injury. Hayward had a cortisone shot and it didn’t respond well. Will get another MRI tomorrow.
September 28, 2021 | 3:46 pm EDT Update
Sean Highkin: Damian Lillard says he feels better physically to start this training camp than he has going into other seasons because he took 20 days completely off training after the Olympics. “I need to prioritize. I’m not 24 no more.”
Kellan Olson: Monty Williams said the biggest difference from a continuity perspective this year is having the same point guard. Makes things a whole lot easier. Cam Johnson agreed from a player’s perspective.
James Ham: Alex Len spoke to the media today. He said he tried to come back last season and it didn’t work out. He’s excited to be in Sac. Good depth. Physical player that can help add some personality and possibly some 3-point shooting.
September 28, 2021 | 3:30 pm EDT Update
Jeff Zillgitt: Within this story is obviously the Ben Simmons situation, and while the Sixers said yesterday they want him on the court, they’re also targeting the Western Conference for potential trade partners, I’m told.