Gordon Hayward Exits with Injury in 4th Quarter

The Charlotte Hornets' prized off-season acquisition, Gordon Hayward, who has surprised many with his excellent play thus far in the season, exited in the 4th quarter of the Hornets 132-110 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Hayward is averaging 21.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, shooting 42.4% 3P & 48.9% FG - but was left off the All-Star team on Tuesday night, as the reserves for the games were voted on by NBA coaches. 

At the moment, there is no official prognosis of Hayward's injury. Head coach Scott Borrego was typically tight-lipped and had this to say:

We'll know more tomorrow. Obviously, we’re all concerned, but I don’t have an official update right now.
Unfortunately, Hayward is no stranger to hand injuries - or injuries in general, for that matter. He broke is pinky finger on his shooting hand in pre-season but didn't miss any regular season games and was also sidelined for four weeks in the 2019-20 season with a fracture on his left hand. Of course, everyone is aware of what happened to his leg on opening night in 2017. If you're not - here you go

Hopefully for the Hornets, this latest injury doesn't keep Hayward out for long. At 14-16, they are in the thick of the playoff race, buoyed by the play of Hayward, Rookie of the Year front runner LaMelo Ball and "Scary" Terry Rozier - who had a run of four straight games with at least 33 points snapped in the loss tonight.

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