MILWAUKEE -- Gordon Hayward headed into the All-Star break playing some of his best basketball in years, but a game of 1-on-1 with Semi Ojeleye on Tuesday may put that progress on hold against the Bucks on Thursday night. Brad Stevens said on Wednesday that the swingman did not take part in practice, and remained questionable for the nationally televised matchup on Thursday night.
"Gordon is day to day," Stevens said."He did a little bit more than they thought he would do, just moving up and down the court. He did not practice. So he did not go live. He worked with our trainers during practice."
Stevens also had some fun explaining how the injury occurred on Hayward's non-surgically repaired ankle.
"He was playing 1-on-1, twisted his ankle," he explained. "Semi said he made an unbelievable move and Gordon bit — can’t bite on Semi’s moves — and twisted his ankle. Unfortunate because Gordon, really, he was coming off good games and was here the whole time. He was in the gym pretty frequently. But it won’t be long. If he doesn’t play tomorrow, it won’t be long."
The news was not as good with big man Aron Baynes though, who traveled with the team to Milwaukee but did not practice. He has missed the last two-plus weeks with a bruised foot and has not been cleared for full contact yet by team trainers.
"He worked a couple of different times on the Alter G here over break, and he’s just not up to the spot where they’re ready to clear him for practice activities yet," Stevens said.
Baynes will miss the entire three-game road trip (Milwaukee, Chicago, Toronto) that will sideline him for at least one more week. He's already missed six straight games with the left foot contusion and with Daniel Theis excelling in a reserve center role for the past couple of weeks, there's no need to rush the 32-year-old big man back.
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