Brad Stevens Says Gordon Hayward’s “Intention” is to Return to Celtics Lineup Tonight

    Celtics forward Gordon Hayward says he intends to play Monday night when the Celtics host the Cavs after going through shoot around this morning

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    BRIGHTON, MA — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward says he intends to play Monday night when the Celtics host the Cavs after going through shoot around this morning.

    Head coach Brad Stevens talked to reporters about the likelihood that Hayward plays and what his return means to the Celtics.

    “He went through everything today,” Stevens said. “Meeting with our trainers now. Walked through with the intention of playing, so we’ll see what happens out of that meeting.

    “Gordon is so smart and knows how to play the game, he’s so easy to play with,” said point guard Kemba Walker. “I don’t think there will be any challenges. I think he’s going to come in and do as well as he did before he got hurt.”

    Hayward’s return would come one month to the day since he broke a bone in his left hand hand.

    “He’s just a good player. He has a real feel for the game on both ends. One of the things about our defense that I think has made our defense when we’ve played our best, is our ability to cover one another when people are in tough spots,” said the coach. “He can read those situations well and he’s a good communicator. He’s played a lot of basketball in his life, so it’s always good to get good players back. We’re hopeful that he’ll play tonight.”