Celtics’ Hayward working way back from gruesome leg injury


WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Gordon Hayward is working his way back from a horrific leg injury.

The Boston Celtics forward has no timetable for his return. He’s just happy to be in the gym less than three weeks after breaking his left leg in the season opener. For now, he’s limited to “chair-shooting,” but he says holding a basketball again is an “incredible feeling.”

Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million free-agent contract in the summer to leave Utah and rejoin his college coach, Brad Stevens, in Boston. But Hayward was hurt in the first six minutes of the opener. The Celtics lost their first two games but have won six in a row since.

Hayward says he’s going to help the coaches while he is rehabbing.