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Sport Gordon Hayward could return for Celtics in Game 3 vs. Heat

04:20  20 september  2020
04:20  20 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead

  Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Down by 14 in Game 1, the Miami Heat found a way. © APWF Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Down by 17 in Game 2, they did it again Thursday night. And after making the Boston Celtics lose another big lead on the court - as well as their cool in the postgame locker room - the unheralded Heat are two wins away from the NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics are in need of a boost after their collapse against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and Gordon Hayward may be the one to give it to them.

Gordon Hayward on a court: Could the Celtics get Gordon Hayward back as soon as Game 3? © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Could the Celtics get Gordon Hayward back as soon as Game 3?

Hayward has been out for a month with an ankle injury, but Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports that he has a chance to return for Game 3.

The Celtics managed to win two playoff series without Hayward, but they have dug themselves into a big hole against Miami. They blew a 15-point lead in Game 2 on Tuesday night after blowing a 14-point lead in Game 1. Boston was outscored 37-17 in the third quarter of Game 2, and the 17 points was the team’s lowest scoring output for a single quarter in the postseason.

Gordon Hayward on a court: Could the Celtics get Gordon Hayward back as soon as Game 3? © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Could the Celtics get Gordon Hayward back as soon as Game 3?

Hayward has averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 33.5 minutes a game for the Celtics, so he was playing a significant role when healthy. The way he described his injury made it clear how anxious he is to return. That could happen on Saturday.

Gordon Hayward will no longer leave NBA bubble for birth of child

  Gordon Hayward will no longer leave NBA bubble for birth of child Hayward had six points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes off the bench. His teammates noted what a difference he made. Jayson Tatum on Gordon Hayward: “We’re so much better when he’s out there.” — Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 20, 2020 Players who leave the NBA bubble have to spend time in quarantine and produce negative coronavirus tests before being cleared to be around their team. Leaving the bubble would have interfered with Hayward’s ability to play the rest of the series. Since Boston is down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, not having him available would be a big loss.

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