Morning sports update: Gordon Hayward to assist Celtics coaching staff as part of injury recovery

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, left, talks as, left to right, owner Wyc Grousbeck, Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward listen during a news conference in Boston, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Brad Stevens talks as owner Wyc Grousbeck, Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward listen during a news conference. –AP Photo/Winslow Townson

The Celtics won, the Bruins won, and the Patriots are looking to be 6-2 headed into their bye week.

Brad Stevens has a couple assignments in mind for Gordon Hayward: Injured Celtics forward Gordon Hayward might be sidelined for the remainder of the season, but the coaching staff has plans to keep their All-Star very involved.

According to TNT’s Kristen Ledlow, head coach Brad Stevens plans to have Hayward rejoin the team and take “the lead on video projects throughout his rehab process.”

“We are just going to throw him different assignments that we’re working on as a staff,” Stevens told Mass Live’s Jay King after the Celtics beat the Bucks on Thursday night. “Just to keep him engaged.”

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“I don’t want to get too specific or deep on it,” he continued, when asked what type of assignments Hayward might be working on. “Just so he can continue to stay engaged and give some of our younger players his insight.”

Al Horford, Kyrie Irving lead Celtics past Bucks 96-89: Horford had 27 points and nine rebounds, held league scoring leader Giannis Antetokounmpo in check for long stretches and sank back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third quarter as the Celtics beat the Bucks 96-89 on Thursday night. (Boston.com, via AP)

Danton Heinen scores 2 to help Bruins beat Sharks 2-1: “It was pretty cool,” Heinen said. “It’s something you dream of your whole life and you just kind of go into shock for a bit.” (Boston.com, via AP)

Here’s what Devin McCourty had to say about Dont’a Hightower’s season-ending injury: “Guys have to be ready to go when you get in. We can’t afford for it to take a while to find out who’s going to play good football. We need to continue to get better, and that doesn’t change with anybody going out – myself, anyone. If they’re not there, someone else has to step up and play. It can’t be open tryouts each week we go out there to play a game. Defensively, that would be really bad for us.” (Boston.com)

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Four Red Sox among finalists for Gold Gloves: Four Red Sox players were finalists at their respective position for American League Gold Gloves: right fielder Mookie Betts, first baseman Mitch Moreland, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and pitcher Chris Sale. (The Boston Globe)

MIAA defends rule that denied Lunenburg female golfer a trophy: Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association associate director Richard Pearson issued a statement Thursday defending the organization’s rule that came to light when a female golfer from Lunenburg High was the low scorer at a sectional golf tournament but was not awarded the individual trophy because of her gender. (The Boston Globe)

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