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Gordon Hayward returned to Celtics' bench to watch dramatic win over Warriors

Alex Reimer
November 17, 2017 - 9:39 am

Gordon Hayward picked the perfect night to return to the Celtics’ bench. The forward attended his first game Thursday since he fractured his ankle on opening night, and saw his teammates upset the Warriors, despite not even shooting 33 percent from the field. It was the kind of win that should make everybody –– including Charles Barkley –– a believer in this team.

While Hayward will be forced to watch the rest of the season from the sidelines, he’s already making progress in his recovery. TNT’s Ros Gold-Onwude reported the hospital bed in his home was removed earlier Thursday. Hayward has also been photographed shooting baskets from a chair, trying to keep sharp as he recovers. 

After the Celtics’ 92-88 victory, head coach Brad Stevens talked about how much Hayward’s presence means. “I think he always gives us all a lift, Stevens told reporters, via the Boston Globe. “We see him every day at 10:00 a.m. at the practice facility when he goes through all of his routines, but it’s great to see him in the building. And probably more so, it was great for him.”

Hayward congratulated his teammates on their 14th straight win late Thursday night. “Got to see my guys in person tonight…didn’t disappoint!,” he tweeted. “Another one…”

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