dangolka (CBS) — “Gordon Hayward Injures Ankle” just isn’t what Celtics followers wish to learn at any level. However right here we go once more.
The C’s ahead limped off the ground with a sprained proper ankle late in dangolka’s Recreation 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night time, and can bear an MRI later tonight, in accordance with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Hayward reportedly left the sector on crutches.
“Don’t know the severity, however he’s clearly in ache,” head coach Brad Stevens mentioned of Hayward after the win. “It seemed prefer it had some swelling already.”
The harm occurred with 3:08 left within the sport, after Hayward got here down on Daniel Theis’ foot whereas attempting to coral a rebound. He walked off the ground below his personal energy however was shortly dominated out for the remainder of the sport, recognized with a proper ankle sprain.
Gordon Hayward ankle flip. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/VbnCaznPlV
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) August 18, 2020
This isn’t the identical ankle he broke within the first sport of the 2017-18 season, so at the least that’s some small morsel of excellent information. Nevertheless it doesn’t sound notably nice for his standing within the close to future.
Dropping Hayward, who averaged 17.5 factors per sport off 50 % taking pictures through the common season, would make life much more tough for the Celtics in opposition to an undermanned 76ers staff. Marcus Good would possible get the beginning in Hayward’s place if the ahead can’t go in Wednesday night time’s Recreation 2.
Hayward had 12 factors off 5-for-13 taking pictures to go along with 4 rebounds and three assists in his 34 minutes in dangolka’s 109-101 victory.