BOSTON – Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward underwent surgery on Monday for a fractured left hand, which is expected to keep him out of activity for about six weeks.
When Monday's game against Dallas Mavericks was already underway, the Celtics issued a statement in which they reported that Hayward underwent a successful operation "to repair the fracture of the fourth metacarpal left hand."
Hayward broke his hand when he collided with the forward of the San Antonio Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge, in the second quarter of Saturday night's game in San Antonio. He left the meeting and did not return.RELATED
“I was frustrated. I was down, ”said coach Brad Stevens. "But this is not like the previous time."
Hayward, 29, missed the entire 2017-18 season, except for five minutes he played, after breaking a leg in the first quarter of the opening game against Cleveland Cavaliers.
The forward Jayson Tatum also pointed out that Hayward seemed frustrated by what happened.
Gordon Hayward averages 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in eight games. Getty Images
"I feel bad for him. I was just being him again, ”Tatum said. "It's a shame".
Hayward returned last season and played 72 games, most of them entering as a substitute. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, well below the figures he recorded before the injury.
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"He'll be out for a while and then come back to resume this," Stevens confided before the game. “This thing will not end your season. There is a positive aspect when you miss matches and it is that you are cooler in the end. He is playing great, but there are other guys ready to step forward and cover this gap. ”
Hayward had been close to his best performance in the first seven games of the current season, with an average of 19 points, four assists and seven rebounds – most of his career – before suffering the new mishap.
"The funny thing is that I was playing amazing," said forward Enes Kanter. “At the beginning of the season I said I was‘ back to 100%. It will impact the world. I was impressing the world. Now he has that injury. But I know he will come back and be awesome again. ”
Kanter was authorized to return to play Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks after missing seven games due to a bruised left knee. The forward said he had not been notified that he had any limitations to play.
"Let's see what happens tonight," he said. “I have tried to get fit for the past two weeks. We will simply see how it feels. ”