Celtics Beat Sixers, but Lose Hayward for Month with Ankle Injury
The Boston Celtics lead their opening round series against the Philadelphia 76ers 1-0, but the victory came at a cost as Boston lost forward Gordon Hayward to an ankle injury.
The injury was diagnosed as a grade 3 ankle sprain and will keep Hayward out for at least the next month.
“I think we can certainly do a lot here but all that is stuff is to be determined,” Stevens said on Tuesday following the team’s practice. “We haven’t gotten into that stuff or that conversation.”
Hayward had a tremendous bounce-back season, averaging 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
“He’s bummed, as you can imagine,” Stevens said. ” [He’s] put in a lot of time and effort, and you do so for this time, for the playoffs. That’s what we all look forward to, and we’ve been really lucky thus far in the bubble to have good health and, of course, [after] Game 1 we don’t. But that’s part of it. We’ve lived this before and we’re going to have to have other people step up. That’s why you have a team.”
Between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have some elite wing depth, but of course the loss of Hayward may come back to bite the Celtics.