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Last Updated: November 16, 2019

Boston Celtics Small Forward Gordon Hayward will Miss Around 6 Weeks to Recover from Hand Surgery

Introduction

On Saturday, November 9th, 2019 the Boston Celtics were taking on the San Antonio Spurs from the AT&T center in San Antonio, Texas. Gordon Hayward apparently ran into LaMarcus Aldridge toward the end of the second quarter of the game, and immediately Hayward realized something had happened.

Apparently, Hayward fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand. This injury necessitated a surgery that he underwent in New York on the afternoon of Monday, November 11th, 2019. He is expected to miss approximately 6 weeks or so to fully recover from the injury and the surgery that resulted from last weekend’s game in which the Boston Celtics defeated the San Antonio Spurs 135-115.

Boston Celtics Early Success this Season

The Celtics have gotten off to the best start out of all the teams in the National Basketball Association. Through 10 games the Celtics have a very respectable record of 9-1, and they have a 9 game winning streak heading into San Francisco to play the beaten up and struggling Golden State Warriors this Friday, November 15th, 2019. Their only loss came on the road against the extremely competitive Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of the year for Boston.

I believe many people expected the Celtics to be a decent team this year, but I don’t think people thought they would be atop the NBA standings. They have played a fairly weak schedule so far, but they have beat Eastern Conference powerhouse teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors. It will be interesting to see how they respond especially now playing without the services of Gordon Hayward for the next month and a half to two months.

The New Look Roster for the Boston Celtics

After a disappointing 2018 – 2019 NBA season the Boston team and starting point guard, Kyrie Irving, decided to go their separate ways. Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets last offseason as a free agent. They also lost veteran forward Al Horford to free agency as he signed a huge contract with the rival Philadelphia 76ers. The Boston Celtics brought in free agent superstar point guard Kemba Walker who was formerly playing with the Charlotte Hornets / Bobcats.

With Kemba Walker running the point and distributing to sensational young NBA talents such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics are looking pretty good at the moment. It definitely hurts not having Gordon Hayward on the court, but thankfully he should only miss around 5 to 6 weeks and not the majority of the NBA regular season.

Predictions

As long as they remain relatively healthy, I think that the Celtics should be a contender in the Eastern Conference as the season winds down. I can see them finishing in the third or fourth playoff spot in the East, and most likely winning a playoff series or so. I would love to watch them match up against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA postseason. That would be one hell of a battle between two teams that are very familiar with each other.

I don’t believe they will advance further than the Eastern Conference Finals at best, and when it comes to the Western Conference there is no chance. The West is currently a great deal stronger, and the elite squads in the Western Conference are the teams that are built for an NBA championship this season.

Hayward’s Career Regular Season Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2010-11 20 UTA NBA SF 72 17 1218 142 293 0.485 35 74 0.473 107 219 0.489 0.544 69 97 0.711 41 98 139 81 30 19 70 106 388
2011-12 21 UTA NBA SF 66 58 2015 267 586 0.456 55 159 0.346 212 427 0.496 0.503 193 232 0.832 59 171 230 207 53 41 109 106 782
2012-13 22 UTA NBA SF 72 27 2104 336 773 0.435 102 246 0.415 234 527 0.444 0.501 243 294 0.827 51 174 225 213 58 38 120 125 1017
2013-14 23 UTA NBA SF 77 77 2800 426 1032 0.413 85 280 0.304 341 752 0.453 0.454 311 381 0.816 62 329 391 400 110 40 212 155 1248
2014-15 24 UTA NBA SF 76 76 2618 484 1087 0.445 120 330 0.364 364 757 0.481 0.5 375 462 0.812 54 319 373 313 108 30 206 131 1463
2015-16 25 UTA NBA SF 80 80 2893 521 1202 0.433 143 410 0.349 378 792 0.477 0.493 393 477 0.824 61 336 397 296 95 27 202 183 1578
2016-17 26 UTA NBA SF 73 73 2516 545 1156 0.471 149 374 0.398 396 782 0.506 0.536 362 429 0.844 49 345 394 252 73 20 140 117 1601
2017-18 27 BOS NBA SF 1 1 5 1 2 0.5 0 1 0 1 1 1 0.5 0 0   0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
2018-19 28 BOS NBA PF 72 18 1863 296 635 0.466 77 231 0.333 219 404 0.542 0.527 156 187 0.834 51 271 322 244 62 23 105 104 825
2019-20 29 BOS NBA SF 8 8 249 61 110 0.555 13 30 0.433 48 80 0.6 0.614 16 19 0.842 6 51 57 33 6 2 15 15 151
Career     NBA   597 435 18281 3079 6876 0.448 779 2135 0.365 2300 4741 0.485 0.504 2118 2578 0.822 434 2095 2529 2039 595 240 1179 1043 9055
7 seasons   UTA NBA   516 408 16164 2721 6129 0.444 689 1873 0.368 2032 4256 0.477 0.5 1946 2372 0.82 377 1772 2149 1762 527 215 1059 923 8077
3 seasons   BOS NBA   81 27 2117 358 747 0.479 90 262 0.344 268 485 0.553 0.539 172 206 0.835 57 323 380 277 68 25 120 120 978

Career Playoff Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2011-12 21 UTA NBA SF 4 4 123 6 33 0.182 1 12 0.083 5 21 0.238 0.197 16 16 1 2 9 11 12 3 0 3 4 29
2016-17 26 UTA NBA SF 11 11 411 83 188 0.441 28 68 0.412 55 120 0.458 0.516 71 76 0.934 7 60 67 37 10 3 24 23 265
2018-19 28 BOS NBA PF 9 0 267 29 70 0.414 9 24 0.375 20 46 0.435 0.479 19 19 1 3 33 36 22 6 3 15 16 86
Career     NBA   24 15 801 118 291 0.405 38 104 0.365 80 187 0.428 0.471 106 111 0.955 12 102 114 71 19 6 42 43 380
2 seasons   UTA NBA   15 15 534 89 221 0.403 29 80 0.363 60 141 0.426 0.468 87 92 0.946 9 69 78 49 13 3 27 27 294
1 season   BOS NBA   9 0 267 29 70 0.414 9 24 0.375 20 46 0.435 0.479 19 19 1 3 33 36 22 6 3 15 16 86

Media Statements

"You always think about the worst-case scenario," Hayward rationalized.

"Certainly on the play, I didn't know exactly what happened. But I heard it and felt it, and knew something immediately was wrong. That's why I signaled, 'Let's go check this out.'"

"It's hard to know [how long you'll be out]," Hayward explained. "After looking at the X-ray, it was clear as day that it was broken. Nowadays, you don't know what that necessarily means ... it depends on where the break is and how long it can be.

"I'm just happy that I relatively got good news, and I shouldn't be that long."

"It's a drop in a bucket for sure," says Hayward. "Obviously frustrated. It's going to ... it sucks watching, and not being able to go out there and play, especially with the start that we've had.

"I think this time around, I'll be able to run around, use my legs still, maintain my conditioning, which I'm very thrilled about, and then be around the team, too. And kinda stay involved, which is good."

"They put a pin and a plate in there, but that supposedly makes it stronger and makes it heal faster," Hayward stated. "I think that's a good thing this time around."

"I think we'll take it, as cliché as it sounds, we'll take it day by day and week by week," Hayward expressed. "It's one of those things that once the bone is healed, then it's kind of how much can you tolerate and how well does my body handle with the swelling, kind of how well it takes ramping up activities and doing different basketball things.

"Honestly, looking at the plan that we set up today and just kind of attacking each day. Hopefully I'll be back sooner rather than later."

Sources:

“Celtics' Gordon Hayward says recovery from hand injury 'a drop in a bucket'”, Tim Bontemps, espn.com, November 14, 2019.

“Gordon Hayward”, basketball-reference.com, November 14, 2019.


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