Boston Celtics

Oct 26, 2019; New York, NY: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward dribbles up court during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Oct 26, 2019; New York, NY: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward dribbles up court during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Celtics will be down yet another piece for their Wednesday night head-to-head with the Mavericks, as the team has ruled forward Gordon Hayward out of action with a sore left foot.

Hayward’s latest exit from the lineup seemingly comes out of nowhere (though Hayward appeared to be working with trainers after Tuesday’s practice), and after just three games back with the C’s since suffering a broken hand in the team’s Nov. 9 meeting with the Spurs, and after Hayward survived an injury scare after a blow to the face in the Green’s Dec. 11 loss to the Pacers.

It’s just the latest loss for a Celtic squad that’s straight-up battered right now, as the team will also be without Marcus Smart (eye infection), Robert Williams (hip), and Vincent Poirier (finger) for tonight’s contest in Dallas.

“It feels like we get further away every day. It’s just the way it’s going,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said during an appearance on Zolak & Bertrand on Wednesday. “It’s been a tough go. You always hope that these breaks lead you into more bodies available.

“And we just haven’t been fortunate in that regard.”

The 29-year-old Hayward has averaged 14 points per night and shot 55.9 percent since returning to action on Dec. 9, and is averaging 17.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per night through 11 appearances this season.

The Celtics enter this contest with losses in two straight, and with a 7-6 record away from TD Garden this season.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.