Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Breaks Hand, Out Indefinitely
Gordon Hayward has never been able to get comfortable at his new home in Boston.
Suffering a gruesome leg injury in his Celtics debut, Hayward had finally began looking like his old self in his third year with the team. Through eight games, the former All-Star has averaged 18.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while boasting an incredibly impressive 63.8-true shooting percentage.
In an unfortunate twist of fate, Hayward suffered a broken left hand when the Celtics took on the San Antonio Spurs, a game which Boston was able to secure with a blowout 135-115 victory. The 29-year old Hayward will see a specialist on Monday to determine whether surgery will be required. If a surgery is in fact required, that will take place on Monday as well according to sources close to ESPN.
“I just told him to keep his head up,” Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens said after the Celtics victory. “At the end of the day, that’s all you can do. He’s worked hard. He’ll be in good shape. He’ll keep himself in good shape, and he’ll be ready to go when he gets back. But now he needs to help encourage some of our wings off the bench to be ready to be called upon to add value to winning every night.”
The injury came when Hayward collided with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was attempting to set a hard screen.
“You can talk to him about it, but ultimately, yeah, sure,” Stevens said. “Every year you go through stuff, where different things happen, and different guys go down. We’ve already seen some guys, some really good players in this league, get hurt, and it’s up to everybody else to pick up the slack and do their jobs. This one doesn’t feel nearly as bad as it did two years ago. He’ll be back. He’ll be off for a few weeks or a month or whatever he is.”
A timetable on Hayward’s return will become available on Monday.