By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
NBA life in the past three years has sucked more for Gordon Hayward than most players. He was finally looking like his former All-Star self to start year three in Boston. Then the injury gods proved to be just a bunch of cruel assholes when they struck Hayward with a fractured hand on Saturday.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Hayward is undergoing surgery to repair his hand in New York on Monday afternoon. Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, says they'll have a more clear timetable for his return after that.
No way around it. Just brutally sucks all-around for Hayward and certainly for the Celtics, who are off to a terrific start at 7-1. Hayward had been averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game before whoever runs the earth simulation decided to be an absolute prick to him.
Silver lining? This injury doesn't appear to be anywhere near his 2017 injury in terms of severity or complications. But Hayward is certainly going to need at least a few weeks to recover, which is a complete bummer for him and the C's. He was shooting lights out before the injury with a 55.5 percent field goal percentage, the fourth-highest mark in the NBA for a guard/forward. He's also shooting 43.3 percent from three-point range and 84.2 percent from the free throw line.
Hopefully for the Celtics' sake, Hayward gets back on the court in the minimum amount of time and gets right back to the level he was at before the injury. And then, maybe just maybe the injury gods will leave him the hell alone for once in their lives.
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