Celtics stars share their reactions to Gordon Hayward’s injury
After the Celtics took care of business with a 135-115 win, Hayward was officially diagnosed with a broken hand. Some of Hayward’s teammates expressed their heartfelt to the unfortunate setback from their star forward.
“I was pissed,” Kemba Walker said via Tom Westerholm of Mass Live. “I didn’t say anything, I was really in shock for the most part. In those kind of situations, it’s kind of hard to say anything, you just don’t even know what to say sometimes. But yeah, it’s tough man. We’re going to miss him for the time that he’s out.”
“We just all feel so bad for him because he worked so hard to come back from one injury, with all the things he’s been doing, and now this happens,” Marcus Smart said. “Our hearts go out to him, and now we have to play for him until he gets back and hold the fort down.”
“I think the points are going to come,” Brown said. “I think the playmaking, making sure we’re getting other people involved and stuff like that will make the game a little bit easier for us. I think that’s the stuff that Gordon brings to the game, his playmaking ability, so we all got to step up in that regard to make sure the ball is moving and make sure we’re getting easy ones.”
This is obviously such a tough blow for Hayward.
The 29-year old star came back from a gruesome injury two years ago and struggled mightily in his return last season. This year, Hayward appears like he is regaining the All-Star form he had prior to the devastating injury he suffered in 2017.
Hayward will visit a hand specialist on Monday to see if he will need surgery on the fractured hand. Should he go under the knife, he is expected to miss a pretty significant amount of time.
In seven games this season, Hayward averaged 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.6 assists, while shooting 56.4 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three.
Get well soon, Gordon. Come back stronger!