Gordon Hayward's recovery time was always 8-10 weeks - not 4 weeks
When Gordon Hayward was diagnosed with a Grade 3 right ankle sprain, I wrote that the Boston Celtics were being coy about his prognosis and recovery timeline. Here is the recovery time supplied by Harvard Medical School:
A Grade 3 ankle sprain means a "full tear or rupture" and at least two months of recovery. The Celtics portrayal of Gordon returning in roughly one month seemed, at the time, extremely optimistic - at the very least.
Hayward returned to the court on September 19, and his spotty play intimated that his return was premature. New information on his condition supports that thought.
Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has a Grade 3 right ankle sprain and will miss four weeks.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 18, 2020
Gordon gave it a shot, but it was obvious that his right ankle was not fully healed and ready for the intense play of post-season NBA basketball. The question I asked in my article following the injury was, " If Hayward's injury is truly a Grade 3 ankle sprain, why are we reading he would only be out of action for roughly four weeks"
So Gordon needed another several weeks of rehab to even be 80% of what he was capable of. Instead of more admonishments from his critics, Hayward should be commended for trying to come back so early in the recovery process. Time with his family and newly-arrived son may be reward enough.