Gordon Hayward had just about the most horrific debut any player could imagine.
We won't get into the details again, but it left many wondering the Celtics would even recover emotionally to compete in the East.
Now it's clear they are more than prepared to make some noise in the playoffs.
The most important recovery is Hayward's and tonight fans scrolled through social media to see encouraging progress.
The depleted Celtics will sign guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, according to The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.
Kilpatrick, 28, 6-4, 210 pounds, who played at the University of Cincinnati, most recently played for the Clippers this season and has spent time with the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets the past two seasons.
With their spate of injuries lately, including Kyrie Irving undergoing a procedure on his knee Saturday, the Celtics have been granted a "hardship roster exemption" by the NBA.
There's optimism that Kyrie Irving will be able to return to the Celtics sometime during the playoffs, according to multiple reports.
The Celtics said their All-Star guard should be able to return to "basketball activities in 3-6 weeks." That doesn't necessarily mean games. The NBA playoffs begin April 14 and the conference finals as early as May 13.
The team released the following statement:
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving today underwent a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee. The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals. While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound. Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.
Irving underwent the procedure on his left knee to help alleviate the soreness that has kept the Celtics All-Star guard out the past five games. There was a fear that Irving could be lost for the rest of the season, including playoffs.
Dr. Christopher Chihlas from Southcoast Health had told NBC Sports Boston on Friday that Irving might be able to return in "three to four weeks" in the best-case scenario.
More to come...