Celtics' Gordon Hayward's Hand Injury Suffered vs. Spurs Diagnosed as Fracture

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2019

SAN ANTONIO, TX - NOVEMBER 9: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on November 9, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured left hand late in the first half of Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Hayward will visit a specialist on Monday to determine if he will need to undergo surgery, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Hayward had nine points on 4-of-9 shooting in 15 minutes prior to exiting the game.

The injury interrupts what has been a strong start to the season for the 10th-year veteran. He averaged 20.3 points on 56.4 percent shooting, including 44.4 percent from three-point range, while adding 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists through the first seven games.

Hayward is just four days removed from a historic performance. According to Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com, Hayward became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967 to shoot 16-of-16 on two-pointers during Tuesday's 119-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He matched a regular-season career high with 39 points in the contest.

It marks the second time in three seasons since Hayward signed a max four-year, $128 million contract with Boston that he has suffered a significant injury. He dislocated his left ankle and fractured his left tibia in the 2017-18 season opener.

This latest injury will be a big blow to the Celtics, who are off to an Eastern Conference-best 6-1 start. Hayward, Jayson Tatum (21.6 PPG) and Kemba Walker (24.3 PPG) all entered Saturday averaging 20-plus points per game this season.

With Hayward sidelined, sixth-year guard Marcus Smart is a candidate to move into the starting lineup.

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