Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has left the Orlando bubble after being injured in Game 1 of the series against the Philadelphia 76ers. The forward had sustained an ankle injury at the start.
Coach Brad Stevens announced this before Game 4 against the Sixers. The Celtics coach also added that Hayward will return to Orlando when the 30-year-old is ready to go again.
Hayward suffered a third-degree ankle sprain in the first game against the Sixers, but the Celtics won the other two games even without their starter on the three.
It’s not the first injury to Hayward’s ankle. In the opening game of the 2017/18 season, the forward broke his ankle in his first game for the Boston Celtics against the Cleveland Cavaliers and then missed the entire rest of the season.
This season, Hayward remembered for the first time in parts of the All-Star, which he was in the jersey of the Utah Jazz before his injury. For the Celtics, Hayward put on an average of 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season, with a rate of 50.0 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from the triple line.
The failure of Hayward means that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will have to shoulder more responsibility, and reserve players like Semi Ojeleye and rookies Grant Williams and Romeo Langford will see more playing time.
Celtics vs. Sixers: the series at a glance
|game||date||Time||Team 1||Team 2||Result|
|1||18. August||0.30 a.m.||Boston Celtics||Philadelphia 76ers||109:101|
|2||20. August||0.30 a.m.||Boston Celtics||Philadelphia 76ers||128:101|
|3||22. August||0.30 a.m.||Philadelphia 76ers||Boston Celtics||94:102|
|4||23. August||19 o’clock||Philadelphia 76ers||Boston Celtics|
|5*||25. August||tba||Boston Celtics||Philadelphia 76ers|
|6*||27. August||tba||Philadelphia 76ers||Boston Celtics|
|7*||29. August||tba||Boston Celtics||Philadelphia 76ers|