Gordon Hayward upgraded to questionable ahead of Game 3

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Help could be on the way.

On Friday afternoon, the Celtics officially upgraded Gordon Hayward's status to "questionable" ahead of Saturday night's Game 3.

Hayward has missed the Celtics' last 12 games after spraining his right ankle in Game 1 of the first round against the 76ers.

He was initially projected to miss about a month, and Thursday marked exactly one month since the injury. He was upgraded from "out" to "doubtful" a couple days ago before eventually being ruled out for Thursday night's Game 2.

With the Celtics trailing the Heat 2-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals, they could use any help they can get, so Hayward's return would be a welcome sight even if his minutes have to be limited at first.

Hayward averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 33.5 minutes per game in the regular season.

In other injury news, the Celtics ruled out Romeo Langford for Game 3 with a right adductor strain that he suffered in Game 2.

Tipoff for Game 3 is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.