It was expected, but now it's official: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 1 matchup vs. the Miami Heat.
Hayward continues to recover from an ankle sprain suffered in the C's first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Head coach Brad Stevens said after the Eastern Conference semifinals Hayward may return at some point in the series vs. Miami if all goes according to plan.
He have another update on Hayward's status Monday:
Also on the C's injury report is Javonte Green, who is listed as doubtful after undergoing knee surgery.
Hayward has fared well vs. the Heat this season and would be a key presence for Boston if he's indeed able to return.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off. Get ready for the action with NBC Sports Boston's Celtics Pregame Live at 5:30, then tune in to Celtics Postgame Live immediately after the final buzzer for a complete breakdown of the game.