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Danny Ainge on Gordon Hayward’s ankle and Marcus Smart’s thumb

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Hayward suffered a setback for going through rehab too fast, the Celtics still don’t know about Smart’s thumb

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Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub Thursday morning that Gordon Hayward suffered a setback during his left ankle rehab about a month and a half ago.

There were conflicting statements regarding Hayward’s potential return before this. Brad Stevens has been consistent in shutting down the possibility of Hayward playing this season, while Ainge has left his answers open to interpretation and change. This at least gets everyone on the same page that Hayward is not going to return this season after suffering a gruesome left leg injury on opening night.

Ainge also talked about Marcus Smart, who suffered a thumb injury this past Sunday that could potentially end his season.

There was also a report from A. Sherrod Blakely that Smart is trying to see if it’s possible to play with injury and not cause further damage to his thumb. Smart is getting a second opinion today so we will update that information when it becomes available.