Brace yourselves, because Gordon Hayward was moving around Tuesday without a brace.
A photo of what appeared to be friendly swimming competition between a couple Boston Celtics staffers turned into much more than that when Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tweeted a photo of Hayward and highlighted that he was not wearing a brace.
Take a look at the brace-less Hayward:
Certainly encouraging, although a pool may not be the best area to be walking around in while rehabbing a leg/ankle injury. Nevertheless, it appears Hayward was more than fine, especially given Ainge was the one who tweeted out the photo.
The 27-year-old has missed all but the first few minutes of the season after a gruesome injury during the opener, but seems to be right on schedule in his rehab.
And moving around without a brace certainly is yet another good step in the right direction.
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