Reports: Gordon Hayward to return for Celtics in Game 3 after ankle injury, leaving bubble

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="After more than a month away, Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is finally set to return to the court on Saturday night.” data-reactid=”16″>After more than a month away, Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is finally set to return to the court on Saturday night.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Hayward will come off the bench for the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference finals series against the Miami Heat at Walt Disney World, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.” data-reactid=”17″>Hayward will come off the bench for the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference finals series against the Miami Heat at Walt Disney World, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

There had been growing optimism throughout the day that Hayward would return on Saturday night, however, coach Brad Stevens said that the decision would be up to Hayward after warmups. 

Hayward will be on a minutes restriction.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Hayward first injured his ankle in Game 1 of Boston’s opening-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers with a Grade 3 ankle sprain just more than a month ago. He left the bubble soon after — something that he had always planned to do — in order to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth child.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”26″>Hayward first injured his ankle in Game 1 of Boston’s opening-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers with a Grade 3 ankle sprain just more than a month ago. He left the bubble soon after — something that he had always planned to do — in order to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth child. 

The 30-year-old was averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season.

The Celtics currently trail the Heat 2-0.

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Gordon Hayward first injured his ankle nearly a month ago, and hasn’t seen the court since. (AP/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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