The Boston Celtics appear set to get a key piece of their rotation back during the Eastern Conference finals.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Friday that Gordon Hayward is likely to return from his Grade 3 right ankle sprain during the team's upcoming series against the Miami Heat.
"I think he'll be back at some point in that series, but I don't know when," Stevens said, according to Boston.com's Nicole Yang.
Boston has been without Hayward since Game 1 of its first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. The 30-year-old forward recently re-entered the Orlando bubble after rehabbing his injury away from the team.
In Hayward's absence, the Celtics completed a sweep of the 76ers before outlasting the Toronto Raptors in a marathon seven-game series in Round 2.
Hayward has been a steady contributor in 52 starts for Boston in 2019-20, averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists during the regular season.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals is scheduled for Sept. 15.