Time for Boston Celtics fans to lose their minds.

Just two months ago, star forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle/leg injury in the season-opening loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers that had many wondering when they would see the All-Star on the court again.

But on Wednesday, just 11 weeks after the injury, Hayward had his walking boot removed, which is a little ahead of the projected timetable.

Here’s a look at Hayward sans boot:

While both Hayward and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge have tempered expectations for a possible return this season, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Selene Parekh said it’s not entirely out of the question to see the Butler product suit up this season.


Now that would be something.

While it’s OK to be optimistic, it still seems like a longshot for Hayward to return at full-strength before next fall. But if he can do it, Boston immediately would become a trendy pick to win the NBA Finals.

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