Everyone watching the Boston Celtics in the playoffs kept thinking the same thing: Add Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back into this lineup next summer and — bang — instant contender.
That leads to the question: Just where are Irving and Hayward on their recovery tracks? Glad you asked.
Stevens on return of Irving and Hayward to basketball activity: "I’ve been told they’ll both be going, if not full tilt, then pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, so August first-ish,"— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) June 18, 2018
Stevens, in extensive interview with Herald, said the hope is for Irving and Hayward to take part when players begin pick-up games in August.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) June 18, 2018
That’s a good sign for the Celtics. And for fans of good basketball.
One word of caution: Progression when adding stars into a system is not necessarily linear.