Celtics Talk Podcast: Gordon Hayward's injury a concern for the C's

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Gordon Hayward's injury a concern for the C's

Gordon Hayward has dealt with a lot of injury issues during his two-plus year tenure with the Boston Celtics. Between brutally breaking his leg just minutes into his Celtics tenure and suffering a freak broken hand amid a strong start to the season in November, Hayward has been on the sideline a lot for the C's.

On Wednesday, Hayward missed the Celtics' win against the Dallas Mavericks as he dealt with foot soreness. The injury was unknown to most until the team announced he'd be out for the game.

And this injury certainly should cause concern for the C's, especially as the team deals with injuries to other key players.

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On the latest episode of the "Celtics Talk Podcast", A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg discussed the team's injuries and the level of concern they have for each. And both agreed that Hayward's foot could be a big cause for concern.

Blakely was particularly worried about Hayward's injury and noted that even despite all the time he has had off, he is still dealing with the lingering foot problem.

When I think about the fact that he had so much time off between games, he had even more time off because we find out it happened before he got hurt, his last injury, and they gave him a cortisone shot on, what, I think Friday? And we're talking [by] Wednesday it still hadn't [been] effective, it made things worse? I'm not feeling good about this at all.

Forsberg agreed that there is reason for concern about Hayward and pointed to the fact that the cortisone shot didn't work as a red flag for the team. At the same time, Forsberg said that nothing would surprise him with the injury.

It wouldn't surprise me if he plays in the next game and it wouldn't surprise me if he misses a week. So, I'll be very curious to see how they approach it to get him back to where he needs to be. Because I think much like last year when Brad [Stevens] was forceful in trying to get him in there, because he knew he was so important to the success of the team. I think there's going to be a similar tendency now where okay, maybe you're confident that guys can better hold the fort, but you know how important Gordon is long term.

And Hayward certainly is important for the team long term. So far this season, he has averaged 17.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists for the team this year in 11 appearances. They have a record of 8-3 when he is in the lineup.

Hear more from Blakely and Forsberg about what upgrade Danny Ainge might look to make and a special interview between Michael Holley and former Celtics star Antoine Walker on the latest episode of the "Celtics Talk Podcast", which drops every Thursday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Classic Celtics: Watch C's outlast Suns in epic 1976 NBA Finals Game 5

Classic Celtics: Watch C's outlast Suns in epic 1976 NBA Finals Game 5

When it's referred to as "the greatest game ever played," it's probably worth re-watching.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series -- which featured Larry Bird's dominant performance in Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals on Friday -- is back this Sunday with a gem from the archives: Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns.

With the series knotted at 2-2, the Celtics and Suns battled through three overtimes that featured several controversial calls before C's emerged with a thrilling 128-126 win at the Boston Garden.

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Buoyed that victory, the Celtics went on to win Game 6 and secure what would be the last NBA championship for the iconic core of John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White, Paul Silas and head coach Tommy Heinsohn.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Suns airs Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Heinsohn will join Brian Scalabrine to provide color commentary throughout the game. 

Here's how to watch:

When: Sunday, April 5, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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Enes Kanter wants to finish season, thinks Celtics have a chance to win title

Enes Kanter wants to finish season, thinks Celtics have a chance to win title

It has now been 25 days since the Boston Celtics last played and 24 days since the NBA suspended its season over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. And right now, it's unclear when -- or if -- the season will resume.

And even if the games do return, there is going to be an adjustment period for players as they look to get back into game shape. In a Zoom conference on Friday, Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter outlined why the league can't just jump right back into the playoffs without any sort of tune-up.

"I think we’ll need two to three weeks just to get back on the court because people are in their apartments and not moving at all," Kanter said, as transcribed by Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. "We have to make sure everyone is doing their stuff and in great shape, so they can go out and compete. If you jump straight to playoffs, playoffs are like a war, where you have to give it everything you have. Make sure everyone is 100 percent healthy, in game shape, and then we can compete."

This completely makes sense, as the last thing the league wants is to put the players in danger of suffering long-term injuries by bringing them back too quickly. Additionally, the league probably would also want their players in peak physical shape in order to avoid fielding a subpar product in the playoffs.

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Even with the uncertainty surrounding a potential NBA return, Kanter is holding out hope that the season will return. And he's pretty confident in the C's chances of going all the way if it does happen.

"We are competitors man, so we want to go out there and finish the season,'' he said. "Especially, like, it’s crazy — we actually have a really good chance to go out there and win a championship.''

Kanter has a point. The Celtics were the No. 3 seed in the East at the time of the league's suspension, but with time to get healthy, they may have a chance to have their full roster available, something they've rarely had this season. And their relative youth could allow them to get into shape quicker than some other more veteran-laden teams.

Still, until the league actually does return, it'll be more waiting and wondering what could've been for the Celtics had the season continued.

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