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Hayward will be with Celtics for Game 1 - as a spectator

Hayward will be with Celtics for Game 1 - as a spectator

Brad Stevens said Gordon Hayward returned to Boston from his rehab work in Indianapolis and will be with the Celtics on Sunday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Probably in a nice suit.

Hayward updated his rehab progress in a blog post on Friday. On Saturday, Celtics coach Stevens - as he has for the past few months - said he'll be without his injured stars Hayward and Kyrie Irving and quickly quashed any speculation of Hayward's return this postseason. 

Stevens said Hayward did participate in part of the C's walk-through on Saturday. 

"He flew back this weekend so he'll be at tomorrow's game," Stevens told reporters on Saturday. "He was just out here as we walked through some things earlier. Got to be a part of the walk-through which was fun, just to have him back out here.

"He's getting better too, but we're going to figure out have to be the best version of ourselves for the rest of the season without those guys [Hayward and Irving]," Stevens said.

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What advice did Celtics' Jayson Tatum give the Kings' De'Aaron Fox?

What advice did Celtics' Jayson Tatum give the Kings' De'Aaron Fox?

Jayson Tatum has found both individual and team success early in his NBA career. The Celtics forward was third in rookie of the year voting last season and his team reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

So, with one playoff run under his belt, he's passing on advice that an NBA postseason is a different animal to the Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox, a player whose team - until a recent slump - was hoping to snag the final Western Conference spot and get him his first taste of the playoffs.

On the "Road Trippin'" podcast with ex-NBAer Doug Christie, now a Kings broadcaster, Fox, selected two picks after Tatum at fifth overall out of Kentucky in 2017 by Sacramento, said his fellow 21-year-old imparted his playoff wisdom while the two were on a tour of China last summer with Nike.

"All these old cats saying, 'Oh the playoffs is night and day. It's not the same,' " Fox said. "And I'm like, 'yeah, whatever.' But now that I have a peer that went through it, he's like, 'Man, playoffs is crazy.' And he went to Game 7, conference finals! He's like, 'the playoffs and regular season, it's NOT the same." 

Here's a clip via uninterrupted.com: 

It appears Fox may have to wait at least another season to see the difference after the Kings (34-35) have dropped seven of their past 10 and began Tuesday six games behind the Clippers for the eighth spot in the West.

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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

The 2019 NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday night when two of the first-four games take place, so time is running out to submit your bracket.

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum revealed his bracket on his Instagram story Tuesday, and his prediction for the champion will come as no surprise.

Check out his bracket in the photo below.

Tatum, of course, played for Duke before the C's selected him No. 3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. His Duke squad was upset by South Carolina in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, resulting in a painful ending to an impressive freshman season.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Tatum's bracket is his national championship game matchup: Duke vs. North Carolina. The Tar Heels-Blue Devils rivalry is the best in college basketball, but these teams have never played against each other in March Madness. It would be fitting, and also really cool, if the first meeting came with a title at stake.

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