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Gordon Hayward available for tonight's game. What am I missing?


As skilled as he is, Gordon Hayward is a walking disaster. He picks up injuries quickly and often. First, a severe ankle injury only five minutes into his inaugural season (2017-18) with the Boston Celtics. Then in November, 2019, he fractured his left hand, and during the first-round of the 2020 playoffs, he suffered a grade 3 right ankle sprain.

Now with the Charlotte Hornets, Gordon came up with an avulsion fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his right hand one week ago in exhibition play. And he's ready for regular-season action against the Cavaliers tonight? Really?

Avulsion: The action of pulling or tearing away.

An avulsion fracture means a piece of bone is pulled away from the main portion of bone by a tendon or ligament. Take a look at the above photo. Hayward shoots right-handed. Recovery time for his type of mishap is 6-8 weeks - not one. Please remember, his post-season ankle injury normally requires 8-10 weeks recovery, and Gordon returned in only four weeks. He was visibly not himself, and we can assume his return was premature.

So what is going on here? Is Michael Jordan pressing him back into an early return? Or is Gordon pushing himself back on the court? The third option here is that the severity of the injury was exaggerated by the Hornet's staff for appearance purposes. If he is back in action tonight, we can assume the broken digit will be "buddy taped" to an adjacent finger, perhaps with some type of splinting. 

Buddy- taped and/or splinted, a significant blow to that right hand could possibly deep-six a major portion of this season for Hayward. That is, unless the injury news given to us was could be entered into the fiction category.




 

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