Celtics' Gordon Hayward says he's starting to feel 'like an athlete again'

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Gordon Hayward hasn't played any basketball for the Boston Celtics since the opening game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he sadly picked up a season-ending injury in his first formal game for his new team.

Unfortunately, the forward will not be able to play this Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and the Cavaliers, but he has recently provided an update on his injury recovery which will be a huge uplift for Celtics fans.

Hayward said on his blog on Friday that his rehab is 'moving along as planned, and progressing really well.' He also praised his Celtics teammates and their run through the playoffs which has seen the franchise reach the Conference Finals for the second year in a row.

He said: "I know everybody is curious about where things stand with my rehab. It’s all been going really well. I’m happy to report I’m feeling like an athlete again. I’ve been in Indianapolis for the last couple weeks making some really good progress.

"I leave the hotel every morning at about 9:30 am and don’t get back til about 6 pm. We do a lot of running mechanics, physical therapy, a lift of some sort, and then court work for another few hours. It’s a full day, every day. I’m definitely moving along as planned, and progressing really well."

Hayward should be back in time for the Celtics at the start of the 2018-19 season, as should Kyrie Irving, who will be missing the Eastern Conference Finals and the rest of the season as well following his knee surgery.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

It might be a tough task for the Celtics to try and overcome the Cavaliers and whoever wins comes out alive out of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets in order to try and win the NBA Championship this season, but we've already seen them overcome the odds this season after Hayward and Irving went down with injuries.

However, if this year isn't their year, then the roster will be in a strong position to go for it all next season. With Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum breaking out, plus the returns of Hayward and Irving, the Celtics will have one of the best rosters in the league.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and the Cavaliers takes place this Sunday at the TD Garden in Boston.

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