Boston Celtics executive Danny Ainge reported that Gordon Hayward suffered a “setback” in the recovery process, which is a sign that they should probably scale down the activity.
Ainge did not offer any detail on the setback during an interview with Toucher & Rich over at 98.5 the SportsHub. However, he said that the former Utah Jazz forward’s work ethic and determination to get back on the court “have been amazing.”
“I don’t want to get people’s hopes up,” he said on the possibility of Howard suiting up this season. “He still is not back on the basketball court and we have a month left in the regular season. He’s got a ways to go but we’re excited about his progress and his determination.”
Coach Brad Stevens already said in a previous interview that the all-star won’t be returning this season from the leg fracture.
While Hayward still hopes that he could return sooner than later, he’s not losing sleep over it.
“It’s something where I’m really honestly not even thinking about it,” he said, per ESPN. “I know we’re getting toward the end of the year, it’s something that I’m still working toward, but if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen.
The 27-year-old said that he’s taking the recovery process day-to-day. The last thing he wants it to put a timetable to his return and actually suffers a setback trying to make that goal. The important thing is that he’s progressing.
Hayward suffered the nasty injury on his debut game against Celtics rival Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s almost the same injury with Paul George, which is a good thing because he has a chance of getting back to all-star level. In December last year, the new Celtic shed off the walking boot but was still wearing a protective brace. The news got Celtics fans’ hopes up on the possibility of a return this year.