BOSTON Finally, some good news on the health injury front for the Boston Celtics. Rajon Rondo, who has missed practice time with a sprained right ankle, is back practicing with the team."He looked great," said coach Doc Rivers, who added that Rondo would likely play in tonight's intrasquad scrimmage at the Garden.As for Paul Pierce (right heel), he is not expected to play tonight or in the C's preseason opener at Toronto on Sunday."I'm always worried when guys don't play; just the timing," Rivers said.But if there's a player the C's can afford to sit out now and rest his body, it's Pierce."Just because of his ability to play," Rivers said. "He's a natural scorer."In addition to Pierce, the Celtics will also be without Jeff Green who remains unable to practice after failing the stress test prior to the start of training camp.Another player's health to keep an eye on is Sasha Pavlovic, who has a sprained left wrist injury suffered when he took a spill and landed on the hand awkwardly, earlier this week.
A couple of NBA legends - one old school and one more modern-day - were among the luminaries wishing Gordon Hayward well after his gruesome ankle injury in the Celtics' season opener in Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Celtics legend Bill Russell tweeted his best wishes to Hayward on Twitter and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant posted a message to him on Instagram.
Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.
Hayward went down about five minutes into his first regular-season game with the C's and is awaiting surgery for an ankle dislocation and fracture at New England Baptist Hospital.
New Celtics teammate Kyrie Irving and the player Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, also posted Wednesday in the aftermath of the injury.
Woke up this morning praying hard for my guy @gordonhayward ... Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback my brotha, all love from me! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) October 18, 2017