Gordon Hayward appears to be inching closer to a mid-series return. The swingman was upgraded to doubtful on the injury report for Thursday's game, the first time he hasn't been ruled out on the injury report since suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain last month.
"I don't have an update on Gordon," Brad Stevens said Wednesday. "He's gonna do a workout with our staff later today. No real update there."
Hayward is more than 4.5 weeks removed from the initial injury, but he is still working his way with trainers to get his ankle to a strength level that he will need to take part in a high stakes playoff game.
The Celtics will be playing on an every-other-day schedule for this series for at least the first three games. However, the league has not officially announced a day or time for Games 4-7 in the series after Game 3 on Saturday night, potentially due to the fact that ESPN (home channel of the East Finals) has a Monday Night football game on its airwaves at 8:15 p.m. Monday night. Will the league put Game 4 as an early game (5:30 start?) ahead of that? Move it to ESPN2? Or perhaps in a preferable move for the Celtics, they could move it back to Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid a conflict, especially since the East Finals will be two games ahead of the West Finals (starting Friday). If that's the case, the Celtics might have a situation where either Hayward can get some extended rest after his debut (if he plays in Game 3) or a couple of extra days to get ready for his debut in Game 4.
Either way, the Celtics aren't sharing much about Hayward's progress, but a return at some point within the next week looks within reach.
Tatum named to All-NBA Third Team
Jayson Tatum was named to the All-NBA third team in an announcement by the league on Wednesday afternoon.
Joining Tatum for his first berth on an All-NBA team was Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and Rudy Gobert.
Tatum had the most votes for the third team out of any player and was edged out of a spot on the second-team by Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. These votes were based on the play before the NBA’s shutdown in mid-March.
Kemba Walker was the only other Celtic to receive a vote for either All-NBA team, receiving one for second and third team.
The selection has no direct bearing on Tatum’s future contract situation for the time being. If he makes the