11/11/2019 By RJ Curreri
After a promising start to the season, Celtics’ forward Gordon Hayward will miss the next six weeks due to a left hand fracture he suffered during Saturday’s game against the Spurs. In 8 games, Hayward was averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists.
This is a massive blow to Celtics’ fans who were excited to finally see Hayward return to all-star form. The injury, however, is not as bad as expected, and the ten-year guard will only miss 6 weeks. This news comes as a big relief off the heels of the announcement that Warriors’ star Steph Curry will miss 3-6 months with a similar injury.
Hayward had successful surgery today but has yet to comment on the situation. Head coach Brad Stevens had this to say in response:
“He’ll be out for a little bit and hopefully surgery goes great and then we’ll figure out when he can come back. The silver lining, any time you miss games, is that you’re more fresh at the end. At the end of the day he was playing great, but we’ve got other guys that are ready to step up and fill the void” (ESPN).
In Hayward’s absence, the Celtics, who currently hold the league’s best record, will have to find production from other members of the team and if all goes well, Hayward could be eligible for the Celtics Christmas Day game against the Raptors.