Celtics F Hay­ward needs surgery on bro­ken left hand

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer

BOS­TON (AP) >> Bos­ton Celtics for­ward Gor­don Hay­ward needs surgery on his bro­ken left hand, a move that is ex­pected to keep him out for about six weeks.

Hay­ward’s agent, Mark Bar­tel­stein, con­firmed on Mon­day that Hay­ward needed surgery. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the team’s morn­ing shootaroun­d that the surgery would take place as soon as the doc­tor’s sched­ule al­lowed it.

Hay­ward broke his hand in a col­li­sion with Spurs for­ward LaMar­cus Aldridge in the sec­ond quar­ter of Satur­day night’s game in San An­to­nio. He left the game and did not re­turn.

“He was frus­trated. He was down,” coach Brad Stevens said. “But this isn’t like last time.”

Hay­ward, 29, missed all but five min­utes of the 201718 sea­son after break­ing his leg in the first quar­ter of the opener against Cleve­land.

For­ward Jayson Ta­tum also

said Hay­ward seemed frus­trated after the lat­est set­back.

“I feel bad for him. He was just get­ting back to be­ing him­self,” Ta­tum said. “It’s a bum­mer.”

Hay­ward re­turned last sea­son and played in 72 games, most of them off the bench, and av­er­aged 11.5 points and 4.5 re­bounds — far short of his numbers be­fore the in­jury. He had been closer to his peak per­for­mance in the first seven games this sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 19 points, four as­sists and a ca­reer­high seven re­bounds be­fore the lat­est in­jury.

“The crazy thing is he was play­ing un­be­liev­able,” for­ward Enes Kan­ter said. “I said in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, ‘He’s back, 100%. And he’s go­ing to shock the world.’ He was shock­ing the world. Now he’s got that in­jury. But I know he’s go­ing to come back and be amaz­ing again.”

Kan­ter was cleared to re­turn for Mon­day night’s game against the Dal­las Mav­er­icks after miss­ing seven games with a left knee con­tu­sion. Kan­ter said he was not aware of any lim­i­ta­tions on his play­ing time.

“Let’s see what hap­pens tonight,” he said. “I’ve been like try­ing to get into game shape the last two weeks. We’ll just see how it feels.”


Bos­ton Celtics’ Gor­don Hay­ward (20) gets a pass off against Char­lotte Hor­nets’ P.J. Wash­ing­ton (25) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA basketball game in Char­lotte, N.C., Thurs­day, Nov. 7, 2019.


Bos­ton Celtics head coach Brad Stevens sig­nals to his play­ers dur­ing the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San An­to­nio Spurs, Satur­day, Nov. 9, 2019, in San An­to­nio.

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