Danny Ainge: Gordon Hayward suffered setback month-and-a-half ago while progressing too fast

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The Celtics have repeatedly said Gordon Hayward won’t return this season. Hayward’s agent called a return unlikely. An NBA-appointed doctor ruled Hayward was “substantially more likely than not” out through June 15.

Yet, there was a persistent undercurrent suggesting Hayward could return.

Then, word out of Boston became much more pessimistic. While Hayward is keeping the dream alive, it seems few others are.

What changed?

Celtics president Danny Ainge explained.

Jared Weiss of Celtics Wire:

The idea of Hayward returning this season was probably always overstated. Recovery is rarely straightforward. Minor setbacks should be expected.

This will probably revert expectations back where they belong.