Boston Celtics

Gordon Hayward continues to make progress

The Eastern Conference Finals will get underway with Boston, which should be refreshed after getting a couple extra days off following its Game 7 win over Toronto, taking on a very well-rested Miami Heat team.

The question now is whether or not he’ll get to a point where he’s healthy enough to return during the Eastern Conference Finals, giving Boston another versatile forward to utilize against a Miami rotation that doesn’t lack for those options, either.

It’s worth noting that this game was played before Miami made the deadline trade with Memphis that resulted in Jae Crowder , Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill making the move south.

Of the players currently in the Heat rotation it’s been Duncan Robinson who has defended Hayward the most this season, with NBA tracking data crediting him with 5:20 spent on the Celtics forward over the course of two games.

Williams is obviously going to play as the Clippers need his scoring off the bench, but Beverley getting into foul trouble would put Rivers in a tough spot due to the ineffectiveness of the other reserve guards.

If Murray can provide similar production to go along with the seemingly unstoppable Nikola Jokic , and Denver gets timely contributions from its supporting cast, it would not come as a surprise if the Nuggets managed to rally from 3-1 down for the second straight series.

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