Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is already out of his walking boot

Gordon Hayward’s recovery continues to go very well after his scary opening night injury.

Hayward fractured his tibia early in his Celtics debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers back on October 18. It was about as gruesome an injury as you’ll see on national television.

At first, it seemed very unlikely that he would make it back to the court this year. However, his recovery has reportedly gone very well so far.

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WALTHAM - NOVEMBER 2: Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward meets with the media for a press conference at the team's practice facility in Waltham, MA on Nov. 2, 2017. It was the first time he has spoken to media since the gruesome injury he suffered early in his first game with the team. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WALTHAM - NOVEMBER 2: Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward meets with the media for a press conference at the team's practice facility in Waltham, MA on Nov. 2, 2017. It was the first time he has spoken to media since the gruesome injury he suffered early in his first game with the team. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WALTHAM - NOVEMBER 2: Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward meets with the media for a press conference at the team's practice facility in Waltham, MA on Nov. 2, 2017. It was the first time he has spoken to media since the gruesome injury he suffered early in his first game with the team. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WALTHAM, MA - NOVEMBER 7: Injured Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward shoots baskets from a chair during practice in Waltham, Mass., Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WALTHAM, MA - NOVEMBER 7: Injured Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward shoots baskets from a chair as Celtic legend Paul Pierce serves as ball boy in Waltham, Mass., Nov. 7, 2017. Pierce interviewed Hayward for an ESPN piece at Celtic practice. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 16: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics watches from the bench during the first quarter of the Celtics game against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on November 16, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON - NOVEMBER 16: Injured Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, center rear, sits behind teammates Jaylen Brown, left, and Kyrie Irving at the Boston bench during the first half. The Boston Celtics host the Golden State Warriors in a regular season NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston on Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WELLESLEY, MA - DECEMBER 8: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward watches the Boston Celtics take on the San Antonio Spurs on televisions at The Local in Wellesley, MA on Dec. 9, 2017. At left is his trainer Jason Smeathers. Hayward joined Boston Globe reporter Adam Himmelsbach to watch the game and discuss his recovery from a gruesome ankle injury in the first game of the season, his team, and his eventual return. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WELLESLEY, MA - DECEMBER 8: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward watches the Boston Celtics take on the San Antonio Spurs on television at The Local in Wellesley, MA on Dec. 8, 2017. Hayward joined Boston Globe reporter Adam Himmelsbach to watch the game and discuss his recovery from a gruesome ankle injury in the first game of the season, his team, and his eventual return. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 13: Boston Celtics player Gordon Hayward is flanked by Tate Ross, left and Tavadre Bailey, right, while playing a video game during a visit to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 25: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics speaks to crowd during game against the Washington Wizards on December 25, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 25: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics addresses the crowd before the game between Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on December 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
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Today, Hayward took a pretty big step. He had his walking boot removed, and NBC Sports Boston excitedly posted video of him walking around.

Hayward still has plenty of recovering to do, but it looks like we may legitimately see him suiting up before the year’s out. That should be scary for the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 23-6 without one of their biggest off-season acquisitions, 2.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place. Throw in an all-star level wing like Hayward, if he can make it back somewhere near 100-percent, and that is a seriously formidable team

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