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Celtics forward Gordon Hayward finds silver lining despite hand injury

Gordon Hayward, Celtics

Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward is obviously disappointed about his hand injury, but the swingman is going to remain positive since it’s not a season-ending injury.

Because Hayward suffered an upper-body injury this time around, the Celtics forward will still be able to maintain his conditioning and be around the team while his hand heals.

“It’s a drop in a bucket, for sure,” Hayward said, via NBC Sports Boston. “Like I said, happy that it shouldn’t be that long. Obviously frustrated — it sucks watching and not being able to go out there and play, especially with the start that we’ve had. I think this time around, I’ll be able to run around, use my legs still, maintain my conditioning, which I’m very thrilled about and then be around the team, too. And kinda stay involved, which is good.”

On the season for the Celtics, Hayward is averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 55.5 percent from the field, 43.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line. Boston is 9-1. It has won nine games in a row since losing to the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night.

Hayward is expected to miss at least four to six weeks. After the gruesome ankle injury he suffered in 2017-18, Hayward is just happy he’ll still be able to run around and remain fresh for when he eventually returns to the lineup.