Brad Stevens attempted to be definitive about Gordon Hayward remaining out for the remainder of the 17-18 season.

There has been speculation that Hayward may be able to return this season.

"He's not playing this year," Stevens told reporters in Houston. "I don't know what else to say."

Hayward broke his left ankle on October 17th. 

"But he's a super long way away from even being in a 1-on-0 workout where he's cutting."

Hayward's progress has been speculated about in the media as it's been believed he's ahead of schedule.

"Is he progressing?" Stevens said. "Yes. He did another AlterG (anti-gravity treadmill) workout this morning. He's up to 60 percent of his weight on the AlterG. If you've ever run on the AlterG that feels like you're flying without your legs touching the ground. It's great. And I think the videos are great too because, like, it continues to show the progress. Because sometimes when you're in the midst of that long rehab you don't feel the progress of the day-to-day the way now we all might see a video, or somebody that hasn't seen him may see a video, and say, 'Man, he is really getting better.'"