Hayward battles through injury frustration
Gordon Hayward was slotted to return to the court on Christmas Day and he did play, but his return was not due to the hand injury he suffered, but of a nagging foot injury.
The frustration prior to Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors was that Hayward actually came back quicker than projected from the fractured hand but has been dealing with nagging foot pain that hasn’t been getting better with rest.
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A concern? Most definitely.
Although no structural damage has been found, sometimes the worst issues a player can deal with is when that issue is unknown and therefore becomes hard to treat.
Now, Gordon Hayward was back on the court to help his team to a 118-102 win over the Raptors but expressed a lot of that frustration prior to suiting up on Christmas Day.
"“I was super frustrated,” Hayward said, via Masslive.com. “I broke my hand and this was a different issue that, when I wasn’t playing, you would think I could figure it out. My hand was broke. The fact that (the foot) was getting worse was frustrating everybody. We were calling around the country trying to figure it out. Hopefully we did.”"
On the court, Hayward played well and looked like the player he was prior to the hand injury and foot ailment. He scored 14 points in 26 minutes with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. More importantly, he was efficient from the field shooting 6-for-9 from the field.
Let’s hope the foot injury doesn’t become something that continues to hold him back as the season moves forward.
If it does, it looks like the Boston Celtics will be doing a lot of load management when it comes to Gordon Hayward.