Gordon Hayward feels ahead of schedule with rehab

Nick Friar
November 29, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Before the Celtics hosted the Kings, Brad Stevens stated there’d been no adjustment to Gordon Hayward’s rehab timetable. He was asked about the matter because the wing was already taking shots at practice — and Hayward was using his guide hand, which is what he’d injured.

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Hayward was initially expected to return approximately six weeks after he’d received surgery to repair the fourth metacarpal bone (ring finger) on his left hand.

When Hayward addressed reporters in Brooklyn prior to Friday’s game, he gave reason to think he could be back sooner.

“I feel like I’m ahead for schedule,” he said. “I mean, it’s hard to say with these things exactly what the timeline is. But, like I said, I feel good, and most importantly, I’ve been able to continue with my leg work and stuff like that, so that’s really important.

“I’m able to, kind of, lightly dribble now and shoot. I’m trying to just build some strength back in the left hand a little bit. So, I mean, I think all this considered, I feel like I’m progressing really well, and we’ll see where it’s at.”

While Hayward’s progress is a great sign for the Celtics, there’s no reason to rush him back right now. Might be in his and their best interest to play it safe.