The team announced that the next 6 weeks of the NBA season will miss Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward with a broken left hand after surgery on Monday, November 11.
Hayward underwent the New York operation to repair his ring finger, which was broken in the 135-115 victory over San Antonio by Boston on Saturday.
When Hayward stays down for a full 6 weeks, he will miss 19 Celtics games but will be fit to go back to defending NBA champion Toronto for a December 25 clash.
Hayward has enjoyed a stellar season of 20.3 points on average, a team-high 7.9 rebounds, and 4.6 assists a game before going out against the Spurs early.
Since sustaining the injury, the 29-year-old American departed with 94 seconds left in the second quarter in a collision with LaMarcus Aldridge from San Antonio, who was putting a pick on the play and whistling for a foul.
Hayward played his first seven NBA seasons with Utah before joining the Celtics, only suffering severe leg and ankle injuries in the opening minutes of the 2017-18 season opener in Boston and missing all the rest of the campaign.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the Boston lineup could shift during his absence without Hayward depending on the opponent.
We’ll find out what’s best for our team in the next 6 weeks. Maybe by then, Gordon will be back, Stevens said.
It could be ‘ the week’s flavor ‘ – who fits best in that day’s play.
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