5:55 was all it took for Gordon Hayward’s first year in Boston to come to an end. We’ve all seen the replay on an alley-oop attempt from Kyrie Irving, Hayward jumping into the air to get it makes contact with both Jae Crowder and LeBron James and lands on his ankle producing one of the most gruesome injuries in sports history. Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and broken tibia. The fracture was a clean break and his surgery was a success.
Many sports talk shows have had medical experts on in the past few days saying that if the rehab goes well Hayward could return to action Mid-March. I personally feel this would be a mistake, despite the injury to their second best player, the Celtics should march backward into the playoffs. So at this point, the Celtics will be playing highly intense games fighting for playoff seeding. Who knows what shape Hayward will be in because when you can’t walk you spend your days on the couch watching TV and pounding pizza, second of all he will not be at 100% physically or mentally obviously after such a grusome injury. The latter could be the bigger issue, the first time Hayward goes up for an alley-oop what’s gonna go through his mind? He will not be ready to keep up with the speed and intensity of those games, it will be much better to get him back with the slow pace of the preseason next Septemeber & October and the early regular season of next year.
We will have to wait and see how everything plays out as Hayward get’s back to full strength and what Celtics medical staff and front office feel is the best for his future. Fow now, we will watch Kyrie and Brad Stevens grind through and win games and find out just how good these young kids really are and how high they can climb in the rankings without their free agent acquisition walking with them into each game.
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