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Can we stop worrying about Gordon Hayward's foot "injury"?

Yes, we can! Or at least I can. When we first heard about Gordon Hayward experiencing pain and soreness in his previously-repaired left foot, the first thoughts were that the surgery had failed to correct the damage. Danny Ainge has insisted the soreness was in no way related to Gordon's cringe-worthy ankle injury in his first game as a member of the Boston Celtics, and I believe that.


We also hear that at least two MRI's have revealed no structural damage to either muscle or bone. I believe that also. More tests may actually reveal the issue is not related to basketball at all. I have already written that the localized pain at the base of the big toe could indicate early-onset rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Neither malady is a pleasant affliction, but they are treatable.

If the left foot soreness continues, we can expect medical tests other than the X-rays and MRI's that look for damage in the affected area. Barring that, Hayward may take another game or two off to see if more rest can alleviate the issue. He is currently listed as QUESTIONABLE for Boston's contest with the Charlotte Hornets tonight. I, for one, am not too concerned with his foot soreness. The fact that Gordon is day-to-day and has a shot at playing tonight are positive signs.

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