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  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Romeo Langford underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

    Langford's surgery was to repair the scapholunate ligament in his wrist. He was initially diagnosed with partially torn wrist ligaments back in the middle of August but was able to play through it until now, though Langford was also sidelined by a groin strain in the postseason. He was not a consistent part of Boston's rotation and this won't have an impact on the team's title pursuits.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    While Gordon Hayward initially planned on leaving the bubble when his wife gives birth some time in September, he's changed his mind and will not leave the Celtics for the rest of the postseason.

    Hayward just returned from a four-week ankle injury and he says he was able to get enough family time in during that stint to change up the plans. It's big news for the Celtics, who benefited from Hayward's playmaking in a big way in Game 3 on Saturday night. Barring injury, we should see Boston at full strength as they try to earn an NBA Finals berth. The Celtics got some great run out of their small-ball lineup last night, of which Hayward was a key member, so look out for more of that as he gets back to full strength.

    Source: Rachel Nichols on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart was a model of efficient shooting for the Celtics on Saturday, making 5-of-10 shots from the field and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line for 20 points, four rebounds and six assists.

    This is another quality game from Smart, whose contributions don't always pop up on the stat sheet. He saw 36 minutes on the floor tonight, but could be on his way back to the bench in the near future, potentially being replaced by Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain), who is still working his way back to 100 percent health.

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker hit a team-high four triples on Saturday, on his way to scoring 21 points on 8-of-16 FGs with six rebounds and two assists.

    Walker got some good open looks tonight, thanks to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown dominating action in the paint and giving the Heat all sorts of headaches. The Celtics' Big 3 were able to come through in this one and were playing in sync for most of the night – a formula they'll need to master if they want to even up the series in Game 4.

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward quietly put up six points on 2-of-7 shooting in 31 minutes off the bench on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists, one triple, three steals and one block.

    Don't let the low scoring output fool you, Hayward was able to make his presence felt in this game thanks to his across-the-board contributions, making him one of key difference makers that led to the win. Of course, the biggest takeaway tonight was that he was able to play a whopping 31 minutes which is an indicator that his right ankle sprain is now in the rearview.

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum was beast on the glass on Saturday night, pulling down 14 rebounds to go along with his 25 points (9-of-20 FG, 5-of-5 FT), eight assists and two triples.

    Jaylen Brown may have scored the most points for the team (26), but it was Tatum that made the biggest impact towards securing this much-needed victory. He was busting some impressive moves and was an active force in the paint, leading the Celtics with an impressive plus-23 in the +/- column. Tatum will need to replicate this performance in multiples if the Celtics are to emerge victorious in this series and advance to the NBA finals.

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown poured in a team-high 26 points to lead the Celtics to a 117-106 Game 3 win over the Heat on Saturday.

    Brown hit 11-of-17 shots from the field and made 3-of-5 of his free throw attempts. He also added seven rebounds, one trey, five assists, three steals and one block for an overall well-rounded performance. Brown was aggressive on both ends of the floor and the Celtics were able to enjoy a comfortable lead for the first three quarters of the game, up until the Heat made a last-ditch run in the fourth quarter. This is a good first step for the Celtics who have now shown that this will not be a cake walk for the Heat but instead could be an intense, hard-fought series that could go the distance of seven games.

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward has officially been upgraded to available after testing his right ankle in warmups on Saturday.

    The Celtics need his veteran presence. Blowing a 17-point lead in Game 2 was a demoralizing experience and Hayward's ability to contribute in many ways will open up many opportunities of the Celtics.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) will go through the pregame warm-ups in the hope he will be available for Game 3 on Saturday, according to Brad Stevens.

    Hayward is edging closer to a return after missing the previous month due to a severe ankle sprain. Barring any setbacks prior to tip off, Hayward appears likely to suit up for the Celtics in what is a must-win game. He is slated to come off the bench and will almost certainly have his playing time monitored throughout the game.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    There is "significant optimism" that Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) will be available to play in Saturday's Game 3, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Hayward has been out since suffering a Grade 3 right ankle sprain on August 17. Interestingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, Woj adds that Hayward's return will give a boost to Boston's bench. While he is usually a starter, the Celtics figure to ease Hayward back into action — at least to the extent that's possible in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston will take any help it can get after their Game 2 loss led to a postgame altercation between Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, and the team's season is very much on the line today.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Javonte Green
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Javonte Green (right knee) is probable to face the Heat on Saturday.

    Green is not part of the Celtics' rotation in competitive contests, and based upon the initial two outings, the Celtics will not be turning to the end of their bench in Game 3 either. Green is an afterthought for fantasy purposes until next season.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Romeo Langford's right adductor strain will keep him out of the Celtics-Heat matchup on Saturday.

    The injuries are piling up for Langford, and his absence will not change things much for the Celtics' rotation anyway. With Gordon Hayward's status improving (ankle), the Celtics would likely try to cut Langford out of the rotation anyway. He'll now have time to let the adductor and his right wrist heal.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward's right ankle sprain now has him listed as questionable for Saturday's contest vs. the Heat.

    Presumably Hayward will be facing some restrictions for his first game back, but the Celtics could certainly use his playmaking capabilities to try and bust the Heat's zone defense that has been giving their offense fits in the opening two games of this series. If Hayward misses Game 3 it could be too late in the process for him to help swing this series.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jared Weiss of The Athletic is reporting that Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) is progressing towards a return for Saturday's Game 3 against the Heat.

    The Celtics are facing a 0-2 series deficit right now and will take all the help they can get, even if Hayward figures to be limited upon his return. Initially expected to miss four weeks of action, Hayward was feeling good after a post-practice workout on Saturday and will go through another on-court session on Friday.

    Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Romeo Langford (right adductor strain) left the game after just one minute of action on Thursday and didn't return.

    Langford left and was replaced by Semi Ojeleye, who played nine scoreless minutes and didn't register a stat. Langford wasn't a big part of the rotation anyway at this point and it looks like any chance of that is dwindling.