Celtics

Aron Baynes (knee) believes he’ll be ready for season opener vs. Cavs

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The Celtics received a bit of a scare on Monday night when Aron Baynes left the Garden floor hobbling after suffering a hyperextended knee. The 6-foot-10 Austrailian put any concerns of an extended absence to rest on Saturday though when he participated fully in practice at Healthpoint.

"I did everything," Baynes said. "They asked me if I'm doing all right and I just kept saying I was on track. If there was any setbacks I would have stopped. But fortunately there wasn't anything so I was able to complete the whole thing."

Baynes sat out Wednesday's preseason finale in Charlotte to rest the knee, but the 30-year-old looks to be primed to return to action for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I definitely think I’m on track for that," Baynes said. "It’s still day to day but yeah I’m gonna go out on a limb here, literally, and say I should be available."

Baynes actually suffered the injury on Monday night partially due to an issue with his eyesight in the first half. The center had his eye scratched on a previous play, which led to a collision on the next possession down the court.