Danny Ainge provides Gordon Hayward update

Nov 2, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics injured forward Gordon Hayward address the media at Celtics Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Gordon Hayward will not be returning to the court this season. Still, the Boston Celtics star’s ongoing recovery from a devastating lower-leg injury certainly warrants updates. There’s good news in that regard, too.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said Wednesday on the “Toucher and Rich” show that Hayward is approximately two weeks away from leaving his walking boot behind for good.

That’s wildly encouraging progress considering the fate many assumed befell Boston’s key free agent acquisition immediately after his injury.

On October 17, the opening night of the NBA’s regular season, Hayward suffered a fractured left ankle upon landing awkwardly among a sea of players who were attempting to get their hands on an alley-oop pass. The injury was among the most gruesome the league has seen in recent years, and sparked an outpouring of support toward Hayward from everyone to LeBron James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers were Boston’s opponent during the game in which the incident occurred, and former president Barack Obama.

Hayward’s wife, Robyn, inadvertently updated the basketball world on her husband’s progress in her Instagram story on Wednesday. A video of Hayward playing video games with his daughter on his lap included a shot of his bare left foot, suggesting that the All-Star wing was well en route to the next step in his recovery process.

The Celtics, shockingly, have thrived this season despite the absence of a player who many believe is the team’s best. Behind All-Star play from Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, one of the league’s deepest benches and its stingiest, Boston is 22-4 ahead of Friday night’s showdown with the San Antonio Spurs, good for the best record in the NBA.

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