Boston Celtics

NBA Playoffs 2020: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (ankle) leaves NBA campus in Orlando during recovery

After suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain on Tuesday, Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward has left the NBA's campus in Orlando, per head coach Brad Stevens.

Hayward sustained the injury in Game 1 of the Celtics' first-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers and was ruled out for four weeks, meaning he would likely miss the entirety of Boston's Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup with the Toronto Raptors, which begins on Friday, Aug. 28.

As previously reported, the Celtics had already anticipated Hayward's departure as he planned to leave the bubble in early September to be with his wife, who is expecting their fourth child.

Hayward spoke on the injury and his child's arrival last week, telling reporters, "I think it's two separate things but it's something I'm taking a look at. It's just very unfortunate of the timing of the whole deal, so I think I'm just trying to take it day by day, and we're looking at scheduling for the baby and all that stuff, so it's taking it day by day."

This past season, Hayward posted averages of 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists over 52 games. Prior to going down in Game 1, Hayward had 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 34 mintues of action.

Boston is back in action as it takes on Toronto in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday, Aug. 28 at 4 a.m. IST.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs.

More from NBA.com

The Warriors, Lakers and Knicks all picked up wins in tonight's NBA action
Lakers OT win over Spurs headlines Tuesday's play
Kane Pitman
Evan Fournier, Kemba Walker (New York Knicks)
Knicks thriving as deadliest 3-point shooting team
Benyam Kidane
Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert battle
Jokic exits with knee injury
Kane Pitman
LeBron James will miss the game in San Antonio
LeBron misses OT win over Spurs
Kane Pitman
#NBASoundsystem
Soundsystem: Who's a pretender or contender?
NBA.com Staff
Donovan Mitchell, DeMar DeRozan and Trae Young are hoping to lead their teams on contending squads this season.
Separating early contenders from pretenders
Kane Pitman
More News