Gordon Hayward has not had a good year for the Boston Celtics, adding another disappointment to the long list that’s accumulated in New England.
Hayward hasn’t looked right since coming back from a broken leg, and there’s thought that he might not be right until next season — if ever again. At this point, his injury susceptibility is top of mind.
Boston fans were collectively groaning on Saturday night when Hayward had to leave the game against the Atlanta Hawks with what the team called a neck strain. Hayward ran headfirst into a screen by Hawks big man John Collins.
Hayward has now entered into the concussion protocol, which makes it nearly impossible to guess when he could return to action for the Celtics. Head injuries vary greatly, and that’s without consideration to any kind of muscle issues Hayward is battling in his neck.
Boston is currently 5th in the East and are a full game back of the Indiana Pacers for the final homecourt spot in the playoffs.