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Gordon Hayward intends to play tonight against Cleveland

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Boston might be getting major reinforcements tonight.

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The Boston Celtics have been without Gordon Hayward since he broke a bone in his left hand against the San Antonio Spurs last month, but it appears that good news is upon us. Hayward practiced yesterday, and it appeared that his hand responded well because according to Brad Stevens, it appears that all systems are go for tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But because we can’t have nice things, we might be missing Marcus Smart due to an eye infection. As was announced yesterday, Robert Williams III will miss the game due to a sore left hip. The absence of Romeo Langford news is good as well as he was on the injury report for a little while due to an ankle injury.

While the Celtics will face off against the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, it could be easy for them to look too far ahead toward Thursday’s rematch against the Philadelphia 76ers – a matchup that will signify Al Horford’s first game back at the TD Garden as a visitor for the first time in almost 4 years. Getting Hayward back a game early will give him time to get his wind back under him and to get comfortably in game shape before a tough matchup against a stingy Philly defense.

For an important game like that, it’s imperative that the Celtics enter into it full strength, so Boston will hope that Marcus Smart and Rob Williams will be good to go then. For now, Boston will take on the Cavs tonight at 7:30 PM EST.