The Boston Celtics currently sit atop the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 7-1 record. In order to stay there, they will have to survive without Gordon Hayward for a few weeks.
Hayward underwent successful surgery today to repair the fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand. He suffered the injury on Saturday.
The Celtics have since released his expected recovery timeline. If all things go according to plan, Hayward will sit out the next six weeks to recover.
That would peg him to return to the court in late December.
#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward underwent successful surgery today to repair a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand. The injury occurred during Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.⁰
He is expected to return to play in approximately 6 weeks.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 12, 2019
Hayward suffered the injury on Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter. As he was trying to get around a screen set by LaMarcus Aldridge, Hayward’s hand got caught in the process. He immediately left the game and did not return.
The team released the injury report soon after that he had suffered a broken hand.
Early speculation anticipated a much longer recovery timeline for Hayward. But today’s report contradicts any previous speculation.
As for the Celtics, they’ve rattled off seven straight wins ever since an opening night loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. With Kawhi Leonard now playing in the Western Conference, most analysts expect the Eastern Conference to come down to Boston and the 76ers.