Gordon Hayward no longer "long, long way away" - "5-on-5 very, very, very soon"

In early April, Brad Stevens told us that Gordon Hayward was a "long, long way away" from returning, and he was right on. He now tells us that Gordon looks good and will be playing "5-on-5 very, very, very soon". That is three very's compared to two long's. He even had to look at his watch, indicating the scrimmage might even be imminent. Great news indeed.

This is what all of us have been waiting for. Think about this! At the beginning of last season, Gordon, Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes, Marcus Morris, Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye were all new to the team. Three of those newcomers suffered season-ending injuries at some point in the season. This season, the entire crew comes in healthy and ready to compete for a Championship.

Celtics training camp starts in a few weeks, and the troops know each other very well by now. They are no longer strangers. Things are looking very, very, very promising.

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