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Brad Stevens: Gordon Hayward ‘pretty positive’ following surgery

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens indicated Gordon Hayward has a “pretty positive” outlook after undergoing surgery earlier this week.

Stevens said he paid a visit to the hospital where Hayward had surgery following a gruesome injury during Tuesday night’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hayward suffered a a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia after landing awkwardly following an alley-oop attempt.

Stevens indicated he and Hayward discussed how to keep him engaged with the team during what’s expected to be a lengthy and difficult rehab process.

“I was over [at New England Baptist Hospital] for a while [Thursday] and tried to maintain consistent contact,” Stevens said, via ESPN. “He’s obviously, post-surgery, having some of the post-surgery challenges of pain and everything else. But the surgery went great. His spirits were pretty positive [Thursday].

“We talked a little bit about how to approach the next five months with maintaining that positivity — different ways to stay engaged, different ways to approach this, to attack this, and he was ready to get started on his rehab the minute he got out of surgery.”

The Celtics paid tribute to Hayward during Wednesday’s game at TD Garden against the Milwaukee Bucks, eliciting a standing ovation, who received a message from Hawyard on the Jumbotron. Hayward’s agent said the outpouring the support “meant the world” to his client.

The prognosis following surgery is still unclear, although Stevens previously said Hayward is expected to make a full recovery.

A subsequent report indicated under ideal circumstances, Hayward could return sometime in April as a “best case” scenario., which falls in line with Stevens’ “next five months” mention.

However, Hayward’s agent indicated to ESPN that his client is unlikely to return this season.