HAY­WARD’S HARD ROAD RE­WARDED

Boston Herald - - CELTICS SEASON PREVIEW - By MARK MUR­PHY

Gor­don Hay­ward and his wife, Robyn, have an agree­ment, largely at her in­sis­tence. The pact goes back to well be­fore the Celtics for­ward’s mis­sion was con­sumed by his re­cov­ery from a bro­ken left tibia. Ei­ther his former Utah team had just lost, or he hadn’t played well — es­pe­cially by a per­sonal set of el­e­vated stan­dards — and he vented that frus­tra­tion on the way home. “I’ve al­ways kind of given him af­ter games — like if it’s a bad game and they lose and he’s mad — I give him the car ride home,” Robyn said last week. “And then once we’re home, gotta get over it. “Can’t dwell too much on it, be­cause there’s al­ways an­other game, an­other game that same week, so what’s the point of be­ing so mad? You’re go­ing to go to prac­tice the next day, you’re go­ing to watch film, so get over it. “So I’m not that sym­pa­thetic.” Gor­don smiled, nod­ded and said, “That’s for damn sure.” Robyn con­tin­ued. “Oh yeah, in fact that’s prob­a­bly a nicer ver­sion of what I say. Like we don’t — there’s no rea­son to dwell, get over it. There’s an­other game.” None are big­ger than what is ap­proach­ing. Tues­day night’s na­tion­ally tele­vised sea­son opener against Philadel­phia is not sim­ply an East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals re­match and a fresh steak on the fire of this old, rekin­dled ri­valry. The night will fea­ture Hay­ward’s re­turn from a lost sea­son: First, post surgery, with his leg in trac­tion and shoot­ing at the bas­ket from a chair, then get­ting in the pool and into the mo­not­o­nous grind of the An­tiGrav­ity (Al­terG) Tread­mill. He was gen­er­ally sep­a­rated from the team, se­questered in the bleak­ness of the Celtics’ now former prac­tice fa­cil­ity in Waltham.

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