No pun intended, but the Boston Celtics can’t seem to catch a break. Celtics forward Gordon Hayward and millions of Celtics fans experienced Deja Vu in Saturday nights blowout win when Hayward fractured his left hand in the second quarter vs the San Antonio Spurs.
Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured hand on this play against the Spurs. pic.twitter.com/VJOsAWsPld
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After the game Coach Brad Stevens commented, “Every year you go through stuff, where different things happen, and different guys go down … 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.”
This injury is a setback the Boston Celtics are all too familiar with. Hayward has been playing his best basketball as a member of the Boston Celtics and some of the best basketball of his career averaging 18 points per game along with 7 boards and 4 assist. Hayward struggled last season only averaging 11 points per game off the bench in his first full season of play since suffering that gruesome injury in his first game with the Celtics.
Haywards absence during the 2017-2018 season and mediocre play last season significantly affected the Celtics championship aspirations. This injury is a shocking blow to the Celtics who sit atop the Eastern Conference and are currently on a 7 game win streak that Haywards play has been largely responsible for. The Celtics were finally getting the production they expected out of Hayward and waited so patiently for.
A timetable for return is uncertain at this moment in time and he is listed as ‘out indefinitely.’ Typically it takes about 1-3 months to get back on the court after fracturing a hand. Hayward will be evaluated in the coming days to see if surgery is a possibility. According to Coach Brad Stevens, surgery could allow Hayward to return earlier than expected.
Gordon Hayward (20 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST) was putting up the best numbers of his career this season and looking like his old self
Get well soon 🙏 pic.twitter.com/txSO4bA9mL
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