Hayward (ankle) has progressed to performing stand-still dribble moves and shooting jumpers, Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports reports. Hayward has worked his way from doing work on an anti-gravity treadmill about a month ago to dribbling and shooting. It was also reported at the end of February that he is about two weeks away from traveling with the team. Both of those activities represent a massive step in Hayward's recovery, especially since the team has not officially shut him down for the remainder of the season. That said, it seems unlikely he would make a return during the regular season. The playoffs, however, are not entirely out of the question.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Saturday that Hayward (ankle) will require at least two more weeks of rehab before the forward is allowed to join the team on road trips, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports. Stevens' comments don't have any bearing on Hayward's recovery timeline, as the 27-year-old remains limited to conditioning and strength training on an anti-gravity treadmill and doesn't appear particularly close to resuming on-court work. The Celtics haven't officially shut down Hayward for the rest of 2017-18, but even if he progresses quicker than anticipated in the next few months, the forward would likely only be an option for the playoffs rather than at any point during the regular season.
Hayward posted a personal blog Monday that indicated he's slowly progressing with his rehab activity on an anti-gravity AlterG treadmill, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports. "I started at like 30 percent of my body weight, doing a single-leg calf raise. And now we're slowly up to like 70 percent, 75 percent. And so, I'm almost there, being able to do a single-leg calf raise," Hayward wrote. "Once I am able to do that, then I can do the elliptical. And once I'm cleared doing the elliptical for a certain time and distance, then I'm able to start running." It sounds like Hayward is making positive progress in his recovery from the fractured left ankle he suffered on opening night, but the expectation remains that he won't play again during the 2017-18 season. In addition to increasing his activity on the treadmill, Hayward has been able to do stationary work on the basketball court, as the Celtics haven't cleared him to resume jumping yet.
Hayward is no longer wearing a brace to stabilize his left ankle, but Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said the team's expectations for the forward's recovery timetable haven't changed, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. Though Hayward seems to be coming along quicker than initially anticipated after fracturing his ankle in the season opener and requiring surgery, but it remains highly unlikely that he'll play again at any point in 2017-18. The Celtics haven't formally ruled Hayward out for the season, but the team probably won't alter his timetable until he's able to progress toward some on-court activity.
Hayward (ankle) has shed his walking boot, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports. There's a chance Hayward may have to use the boot again. But, that would only happen if his injury reacts poorly to the change, which is not expected. According to Hayward, "Today has been awesome without the boot." He's still far away from a full recovery, but there is a slim possibility he returns for the postseason. More word on his recovery and a clearer timetable for a return should emerge as he continues to hit rehabilitation milestones.
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