Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward will leave NBA bubble if his wife goes into labor during playoffs

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward says he will leave the NBA bubble if his wife goes into labor while the Boston Celtics are in the playoffs.

Robyn Hayward is due in September and the birth of their child could happen sometime during the Eastern Conference semifinals, conference finals or NBA Finals.

“That’s a pretty easy decision for me on that,” Hayward said on a video conference call on Friday. “I’ve been there for the birth of all my children.”

The Celtics are in third place in the East and unlikely to catch Toronto for second place in the final eight seeding games before the playoffs. But Hayward is a key player on a team that could make a deep run, especially since Jayson Tatum emerged as one the league’s top players this season.

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The NBA prefers players remain on the Disney complex, but players can leave for excused absences such as “medical care off-campus, birth of a child, documented severe illness or death in the family, or previously scheduled family wedding and only with prior league approval for such extenuating circumstance,” according to the NBA’s health and safety protocols document.

If a player leaves the bubble for an excused absence, he must quarantine for four days once he returns as long as he tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) each day he was off campus, league protocols state.

If the player tested positive, he would have to follow extended quarantine guidelines, which include isolation, absence of symptoms, two consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart and cardiac screening.

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