Celtics’ Gordon Hayward expects foot injury to be ongoing issue
Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward missed some time in December due to a foot injury.
The 29-year-old has suited up for each of Boston’s last 13 games. However, he said the foot issue is something he is going to have to deal with for the remainder of the season:
Hayward said his foot is still an ongoing issue and he expects it to continue to be. Said it won’t be a reason if he struggles though.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 18, 2020
Whether the foot is bothersome or Hayward is simply feeling slight discomfort, it is another frustrating development for the Celtics.
Boston has dealt with injuries all season. Hayward previously missed close to a month with a broken hand. Marcus Smart missed extensive time due to an infection in both of his eyes. Kemba Walker had a three-game absence due to a bout with the flu, and backup center Robert Williams is still on the shelf. Not to mention, Jaylen Brown suffered a sprained thumb on Wednesday, though it does not appear to be serious.
Hayward himself recently commented on the constant fluctuation in the rotation, indicating it was hard to get in a groove especially on the offensive end of the floor.
Indeed, the former All-Star is having a hard time finding the consistency he had at the start of the season. Hayward scored 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting during Wednesday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons. But he shot just 1-of-10 and posted his worst Game Score of the season–according to Basketball Reference–during Thursday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Of course, Celtics fans will be glad to hear the foot injury will not be overly inhibitive of Hayward’s play. Nevertheless, the former All-Star will want to return to form as the Celtics look to rebound from a 4-5 start to the month.