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Report: Celtics’ Gordon Hayward still consulting with hand specialist, undecided about surgery

Gordon Hayward, Celtics

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is still consulting with specialists to determine whether or not his fractured left hand will require surgery, according to a report from Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

Hayward fractured his hand in Saturday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. It was an unfortunate turn of events for the Celtics, as the former Butler Bulldog was playing great through the early stages of this season. Most reports have him out four to six weeks.

As most hoops fans know, Hayward suffered one of the worst injuries in recent NBA history on opening night of the 2017 season — a fractured ankle that kept him out of commission for the remainder of that campaign. To the relief of Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, this injury is obviously much different:

“This one doesn’t feel near as bad as it did two years ago,” Stevens said after Saturday’s game, via CBS. “So, he’ll be back. Be off for a few weeks or a month or whatever it is.”

In his eight games played this season, Hayward has racked up averages of 18.9 points on 55.5 percent shooting from the field (43.3 percent from beyond the arc), 7.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and just under one steal (0.8) in 31.1 minutes per outing.

The Celtics are 7-1 and riding the wave of a six-game winning streak. Their next shot at extending their streak comes on Monday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the Dallas Mavericks.

Hopefully, Hayward will be back on the floor sooner rather than later.