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PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 08: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 8, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Celtics defeated the Suns 116-109 in overtime. 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. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Gordon Hayward can’t catch a good break.

The Celtics forward suffered a broken hand Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs, putting a halt to his strong start to the 2019-2020 season. Hayward was making major progress in his recovery from his broken leg two years ago and has arguably been the Celtics best player this year.

The injury happened in the second quarter of the game when Hayward collided with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge. He left the game and did not return.

According to head coach Brad Stevens, Hayward will see a hand specialist on Monday to determine whether or not surgery will be needed.

Stevens did not provide a specific timeline for Hayward’s return, but did allude to the fact that Hayward will likely miss a few weeks or a month.

“I just told him to keep his head up,” Stevens said after the game. “At the end of the day, that’s all you can do. He’s worked hard. He’ll be in good shape. He’ll keep himself in good shape and he’ll be ready to go when he gets back.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday night that if surgery is needed, it would be performed on Monday.

The Celtics beat the Spurs 135-115 Saturday night, their first victory in San Antonio since 2011.

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