Boston Celtics

Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward dribbles the ball past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie during the second half at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Celtics announced after the start of Monday’s game against the Mavericks that Gordon Hayward is expected to miss approx. six weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a fractured left hand.

Hayward underwent a successful procedure to fix the fourth metacarpal in his hand, according to the team. Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier on Monday that Hayward was headed to New York to go in for the surgery.

The hand injury first occurred during the Celtics’ 135-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday night. Hayward averaged 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game on 55.5 percent shooting in eight games as a major piece of the Celtics’ winning streak since losing their season opener.

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