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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward not giving up on playing this season

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has let us know where he stands on the potential return of injured All-Star Gordon Hayward this season. In fact, Stevens has completely ruled out a return. Not only that, he seems to be a bit upset that the media continues to ask him about his injured star.

Well, Hayward isn’t out here doing Stevens any favors. Out since suffering a gruesome ankle and leg injury on opening night, Hayward has slowly been making his way back into basketball shape. He’s now not completely giving up on the idea of returning this season.

“The hope is still there,” Hayward said about the possibility of playing this season,” via the Providence Journal. “It’s something I’m still working for. But if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”

With only a month remaining in the regular season, time is running out for Hayward to return. Of course, Boston is likely looking at a deep run in the playoffs. That means a return at some point in May remains possible.

Even then, it still seems highly unlikely that the All-Star will find himself back on the court this season. Stevens’ words on the situation have to be taken a bit more seriously than Hayward, especially given the long-term commitment Boston made to the former Utah Jazz star.