Everyone was shaken when Gordon Hayward went down just minutes into the first game of the 2017/18 NBA season. After signing with the Celtics over the summer, Hayward was expected to do big things for the franchise.
The gruesome leg injury was all we got to see of Hayward new chapter in Boston. In some extremely encouraging video footage, however, it's clear that the All-Star forward is making some real progress in his return.
At 44-19, the Celtics currently hold the 2nd seed in the East, just half a game back of Toronto. That's without Hayward.
With Hayward, the team makes a pretty strong case for a Finals run come April. For Boston, while the chances of his return anytime soon remain unlikely, at least they know that this current team isn't even all they've got to offer.