Gordon Hayward to meet with doctor to discuss next step in healing process

Gordon Hayward to meet with doctor to discuss next step in healing process

Gordon Hayward has been out for three weeks after suffering a left hand fracture against the San Antonio Spurs. But soon, Hayward may be taking the next steps in his rehab from the injury.

According to NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely, Hayward is having another meeting with his doctor to discuss the injury. During the meeting, the two will discuss the healing process and determine what is next for Hayward.

Hayward's exact timeline for a return is still uncertain, but he was initially expected to miss six weeks after having surgery to repair the injury. But Hayward thinks that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery. So that news, coupled with the news of him exploring the next step in his rehab, would seemingly be positive.

Recently, Hayward has begun shooting again and has looked good on the practice court. Just check out his form in this video from the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston's Twitter account.

If Hayward can continue shooting well and gets the okay from the doctor, perhaps he will be able to return earlier than initially anticipated.

Without Hayward, the Celtics have played in 10 games and are sporting a 6-4 record in those contests. Hayward has averaged 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists when on the floor this season, so whenever he does return to the floor, he will certainly provide a boost to the team.

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.



Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.


Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.

Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.


The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.

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Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.

But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...

The fight with Dr. J in 1984:

The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:

The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:

The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:


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