Gordon Hayward’s recovery continues to go very well after his scary opening night injury.
Hayward fractured his tibia early in his Celtics debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers back on October 18. It was about as gruesome an injury as you’ll see on national television.
At first, it seemed very unlikely that he would make it back to the court this year. However, his recovery has reportedly gone very well so far.
Today, Hayward took a pretty big step. He had his walking boot removed, and NBC Sports Boston excitedly posted video of him walking around.
Look who's out of the boot 👀🙌 pic.twitter.com/3RN5EOOJ0c
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 13, 2017
Hayward still has plenty of recovering to do, but it looks like we may legitimately see him suiting up before the year’s out. That should be scary for the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 23-6 without one of their biggest off-season acquisitions, 2.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place. Throw in an all-star level wing like Hayward, if he can make it back somewhere near 100-percent, and that is a seriously formidable team