Celtics’ Gordon Hayward to Remain in Bubble for Remainder of Playoffs
Gordon Hayward’s return from a grade 3 ankle sprain provided a big moral boost for the Boston Celtics in last night’s Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat.
Hayward originally suffered the injury early in the team’s first round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers and has been out ever since. He even left the bubble at one point to rehab the injury, but was able to return near the end of the Celtics’ second round series against the Toronto Raptors.
Upon his return in Game 3, one thing needed some clarity.
A couple of months ago, Hayward said that he was planning on leaving the bubble for the birth of his fourth child, but thing appear to have changed as his team continues to battle for a chance to proceed to the NBA Finals. According to Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Hayward and his wife spoke and have decided that it may be best for Hayward to remain in the bubble to help the Celtics compete.
“Robyn could be having a baby at any point in time, so I think it’s probably something that I’ll be here and by the time I get back, I might miss the birth if she just goes in and rushes into the hospital. So we discussed it, we prayed about it, and I think it’s probably best if I stay here and help our team,” said Hayward.
In his first game back in over a month, Hayward finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds in 31 minutes of play.