Gordon Hayward & Marcus Smart workout partners - the Haywatch/Smartwatch is on
Well, the two Celtics walking wounded have become workout partners, and the Haywatch/Smartwatch is on. They may exercise together, but according to Marcus Smart, he and Gordon Hayward have not discussed returning to the court this season, either together or at separate points in the season.
Marcus Smart on Gordon Hayward: “I got me a workout partner.”
He added they haven't discussed the possibility of both returning to court this season: “No, we haven’t really discussed that. It’s kind of touchy. We just take it day by day.”
The "kind of touchy" part of the statement is interesting. Touchy, as in requiring careful handling (per Google)? Does the touchy part come in as to the two teammates discussing it, or does it enter the picture when they talk to the press. Doesn't really matter. It will be great to have them back whenever they can make it, and having a regular workout partner increases the opportunity for more effective rehab, particularly for Marcus with the repaired right hand.
Now we are sure that Smart's ligament tear was complete, so surgery was an absolute. Even a non-repaired partial tear would have been touchy (there's that word again) given the way Marcus plays the game.
The Haywatch has been one of the best stories of the NBA season. And even if Gordon Hayward doesn’t play this season, his unrelenting desire to get back on the court is remarkable.