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Celtics Summer Leaguer Lasme signs with team in Greece

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Celtics Summer Leaguer Lasme signs with team in Greece

Stephane Lasme is taking what he learned during two stints with the Boston Celtics overseas to Greece after signing a deal with Panathinaikos Athens.

The University of Massachusetts alum participated in the Celtics 2010 Training Camp and played on their Summer League teams this July.

"The Celtics have so much history, it gave me extra confidence," Lasme told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. "To have one of the greatest teams in history tell me that I'm good, I think it's a confidence boost."

The 29-year-old forward continued to soak up as much knowledge as he could playing a second time with the Celtics this summer. He still texts occasionally with former teammates, including Kevin Garnett, and is always seeking out advice.

"(Head coach Doc Rivers) told me to focus on learning the Celtics identity," he said. "I remember we talked a couple of times and he always told me not to worry about trying to show off the things think that I can do, just worry about playing my game."

The Golden State Warriors drafted Lasme with the 46th pick in 2007. During his rookie season, he also played for the Miami Heat and Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA Development League) before heading to Europe in 2008. After two seasons of Euroleague basketball, Lasme returned to the United States in 2010 for training camp with the Celtics. In spite of a strong showing, the C's waived him and he appeared in 10 games for the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics D-League affiliate, that year.

Lasme once again went back to Europe last season, averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Obradoiro CAB in Spain. In July he joined the Celtics in Las Vegas and Orlando for Summer League action, where he posted six points, six rebounds, and two blocks in his final game. Now his main goal this season is to help Panathinaikos Athens earn 'W's.'

"I just want to win," he said. "I just want to show that I'm a winner. I'm not too worried about showing anybody what I can do. I just want to win games and then after that season I'll go from there."

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.

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It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.

Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.

With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.

Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.

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Celtics expecting 'full recovery' for Hayward, but have no timetable

Celtics expecting 'full recovery' for Hayward, but have no timetable

BOSTON – After going through a series of tests earlier today, the results confirmed what the Celtics’ medical officials had determined earlier which is Hayward has a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia.

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens who added, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

Players from both teams were visibly affected by the gruesome injury that puts Hayward’s return this season very much up in the air.

“He’s down, obviously,” Stevens said of Hayward. “There’s a physical pain to it, but that’s also doubled by the emotional pain. He put a lot of effort into trying to start this, his career out well in Boston.”

Stevens said Marcus Smart will be inserted into the starting lineup, joining Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.

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