Gordon Hayward is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing hand surgery on Monday.
The Boston Celtics shared news on Hayward’s status via Twitter.
#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward underwent successful surgery today to repair a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand. The injury occurred during Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.⁰
He is expected to return to play in approximately 6 weeks.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 12, 2019
Hayward was hurt after running into LaMarcus Aldridge on a screen late in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. It was a rough break for him considering his luck since signing with Boston. He broke his leg in his first game with the team and missed all of the season. Then last year he had a rough time as he was returning from the injury. Finally this season he had been doing great, averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 56.4 percent from the field prior to the injury, but now he is sidelined.
Gordon Hayward suffered a hand injury during the Boston Celtics’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, and it is one that will require surgery.
Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday that Hayward will undergo surgery to repair a fractured left hand. A timetable for his return will not come until after the procedure.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 11, 2019
While the exact details of the injury are unclear, Celtics fans are hoping it is somehow less severe than the one Stephen Curry sustained earlier this season. Curry is going to be out a minimum of three months after fracturing his hand, and there has been talk that he may not play again this season.
Hayward had been playing great this season, averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 56.4 percent from the field. He is now two years removed from the horrific leg injury he suffered in his first game after signing with the Celtics, so the hand injury is another tough break for him.
Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured left hand in the Boston Celtics’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
Hayward was injured running into a LaMarcus Aldridge screen while playing defense late in the second quarter:
Gordon Hayward leaves the game after taking a hit from LaMarcus Aldridge on the screen pic.twitter.com/B3u9LeLwEU
— GoatWorldSports (@GoatWorldSport1) November 9, 2019
The Celtics quickly announced that Hayward had suffered a fractured left hand.
#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a left hand fracture after an x-ray examination and is out for the remainder of tonight’s game against San Antonio.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 9, 2019
This is a terrible break for the Celtics.
Boston entered the game 6-1 and Hayward had been playing great. He was averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 56.4 percent from the field.
Hayward has had some terrible luck since signing with Boston two seasons ago. He suffered a horrific leg injury in his Celtics debut, missed the rest of the season, and was not himself last season. He finally was doing great this season and then got injured in the team’s eighth game.
The Indiana Pacers were trying to stave off elimination in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, and Myles Turner did everything he could to inject energy into his team in the first half. That turned out to be very bad news for Gordon Hayward.
With the Pacers trailing 42-37 late in the second quarter, Turner abused Hayward with a massive dunk. Hayward never stood a chance of stopping it, but you have to give him credit for getting in the way.
MYLES TURNER MY GOD..RIP GORDON HAYWARD pic.twitter.com/DssuRF7Xh1
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 21, 2019
The Pacers probably don’t have a chance of winning the series against Boston, but at least Turner left their fans with that highlight.
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward went to the locker room after taking a nasty shot to the head.
Hayward was decked when he turned directly into the shoulder of Atlanta’s John Collins, who was setting a screen. He had to head to the locker room with a trainer to be checked out, presumably for a head injury.
Gordon Hayward really took a rough hit. Oof. pic.twitter.com/gPEb7y3hka
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) March 16, 2019
Injuries continue to be a nagging issue for Hayward, not that there’s a lot he could have done about this one. He is almost certainly being checked for a concussion, and the Celtics will be very careful about bringing him back if there’s any doubt about his health or his head.
The playoff races are well underway in the NBA, and things are very competitive in both conferences. It looks likely that only a handful of games will separate fifth from eighth in certain cases, and the margins between making and missing the playoffs will be small.
Most contenders have key figures who will have a big say in where their teams land. These aren’t always the obvious stars, but a key name who’s returning from injury or picking up the slack at the right time. Here are 10 key players who will have a big say in the playoff races.
10. Buddy Hield, G, Kings
Hield has had a breakout year this season, but he hasn’t always been in the good graces of coach Dave Joerger, much to the frustration of some other players. The Kings are very much in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, and they’ll need Hield to play fearlessly — and have the trust of his coach — down the stretch. If he can play to his capabilities — like when he made 53.4 percent of his threes in January — the Kings will have a huge weapon as they chase a playoff spot.
Gordon Hayward has had a long road back from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered at the start of last season, so Boston Celtics fans aren’t going to like hearing that he is dealing with another injury to the same body part. However, there is not cause for panic just yet.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand Show” Wednesday that Hayward is questionable to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night after twisting his ankle in a workout.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens says on @ZoandBertrand that Gordon Hayward twisted his right ankle in a workout with Semi Ojeleye yesterday. He expects him to be questionable vs. Bucks.
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) February 20, 2019
The important detail there is that Hayward tweaked his right ankle. While any ankle injury is concerning for him after what happened in his first game as a Celtic, Hayward’s horrific fracture last year was to his left leg.
Hayward has clearly not been the same player he was pre-injury, as he is averaging just 11.2 points per game and has played mostly off the bench this season. Getting him back to full strength both physically and mentally will be key for Boston down the stretch, so hopefully the latest injury is not serious.