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Are Celtics and Raptors being coy about injuries to their stars?

The Celtics Gordon Hayward suffered a supposed Grade 3 ankle sprain in Game One of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday, August 17, 2020, and the news indicated he would be out of action for roughly four weeks. Some research into ankle sprains reveals a much longer time frame of several months.



Boston's rival in the upcoming Eastern Conference Semi Finals, the Toronto Raptors, closed out their series last night versus the Brooklyn Nets, and the Raptor's Kyle Lowry suffered his own ankle injury. He has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain with (thus far) no Grade or recovery time attached to the diagnosis.



Question #1: If Hayward's injury is truly a Grade 3 ankle sprain, why are we reading he would only be out of action for roughly four weeks.

Question #2: Observing Lowry immediately after his injury, it was apparent that he was able to put some of his weight on the foot, thus indicating a probable Grade One or Grade Two ankle sprain. So why the mystery?

The outcome of the Toronto/Boston series is a tough one to call. Their strengths lie in different areas, but they appear to be fairly evenly matched. Thus the possible reason for any coyness by both organizations in promptly revealing clear and factual information on their stars' returns.

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