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Late last week Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich that Gordon Hayward had suffered a “setback,” but that’s not the case, according to Ainge.

During Ainge’s appearance on the T&R program last Thursday, he provided the show with an update on Hayward that turned out be a bit overzealous.

“He’s doing great,” Ainge said of Hayward. “He’s had one setback – for a couple of weeks, maybe a month and a half ago. We were progressing a little bit too fast, we thought. But other than that, his work ethic and his determination has been amazing.”

But Ainge was quick to clarify his comments over the weekend while speaking with Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald while down in New Orleans.

“You know what? Sometimes I talk too much,” said Ainge to the Herald. “‘Setback’ wasn’t the right word, so let me rephrase that because it’s not exactly true to say it — or say it that way.”

Ainge then went onto clarify to Bulpett what actually happen to Hayward just over a month ago.

“What happened is he went on the AlterG [anti-gravity treadmill] the first day and he felt some soreness. It was the first day he tried the AlterG, a long time ago. He just wasn’t ready for it at that point. That’s all it was,” said Ainge.

“So I think ‘setback’ is the wrong way to put it. I mis-phrased that. I’m not sure what the right word is, but he wasn’t ready for that,” said Ainge. “So we waited a couple of weeks before we started that again, and since we started that again it’s been great and he’s progressed along on the AlterG. That’s all. It wasn’t like he had an accident or anything like that.”

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 17: Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics is sits on the floor after being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

When the news broke that Hayward had suffered a “setback,” red flags were being drawn on every flag post within a 400-mile radius of the TD Garden. And every Green Teamer, columnist and talk show host alike, were sounding off the alarms when the news broke about Hayward’s alleged “setback.”

“I used the word ‘setback,’ and it became a headline. Like, ‘Oh, setback.’ It got blown out of proportion. It’s my fault. I’m not blaming anybody. ‘Setback’ was probably too strong of a word.”

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We all make mistakes, right? Sometimes we choose the wrong words or we mis-phrase something, it happens. But at least he was able to get out in front of it and clear the air before it became more than what it is.

“I don’t want to get people’s hopes up. He’s still not back on the basketball court, and we have a month left in the regular season. So he’s got a ways to go, but we’re excited about his progress and his determination,” said Ainge on The Sports Hub.

Ainge reiterated to the Herald what he said on The Sports Hub on Thursday, saying that “it just doesn’t seem likely [a return this season], so I don’t want to put any pressure on him. Gordon can say whatever he wants, but we are not planning on him playing this year. I don’t see that happening; that’s why I keep saying that.”

“The bottom line is he’s not on the court other than shooting and ball handling and some sidestepping,” said Ainge to the Herald. “But he hasn’t done any running or even jogging or real jumping on the basketball court yet, and we have less than a month left in the regular season.”

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Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg just five minutes into the Celtics’ season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers back in October.

UP NEXT: The Celtics (46-23) will welcome Russell Westbrook and the red-hot Thunder (43-29) to the TD Garden on Tuesday night. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m.

— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at john.hardiman@bbgi.com.