SAN ANTONIO (AP)– In the midst of Boston’s most dominant efficiency of the season, Celtics point guard Kemba Walker could only muster anger and confusion after discovering Gordon Hayward broke his left hand.
Jaylen Brown scored 30 points and Boston routed the San Antonio Spurs135-115 on Saturday in a victory tempered by the loss of Hayward, who will miss out on a minimum of a month and might deal with surgery after breaking his left hand late in the very first half.
” I was in shock,” Walker stated. “In those kinds of situations, it’s type of difficult to say anything. You just don’t even understand what to state sometimes. We’re going to miss him for the time that he’s out.”.
Walker include 26 points as Boston (7-1) won its seventh straight video game and set season highs for total points, first quarter scoring (39 points) and first-half scoring (72 points).
There was a somberness to the triumph, though, after Hayward suffered his 2nd substantial injury because signing with the Celtics 3 seasons ago. The 6-foot-7 forward missed out on the 2017 season after breaking his leg six minutes into Boston’s season opener.
” This one does not feel near as bad as it did two years earlier,” Boston coach Brad Stevens stated. “So, he’ll be back. Be off for a couple of weeks or a month or whatever it is.”.
The Celtics forward broke his left hand after hitting San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge with just over a minute staying in the very first half. Hayward was sent out for an X-ray that confirmed the medical diagnosis. He did not return to the game.
” Going to get with the physicians tomorrow and choose if he needs to do surgical treatment or not,” Stevens stated. “Sounds like should he choose that the surgical treatment alternative (is best, it) may actually be a much better timeline. So, we’ll see what that all plays out to be.”.
DeMar DeRozan had 22 points for the Spurs (5-4), who routed by as lots of as 22 points in an uninspired effort of an early tipoff.
” What surprises me is that we were so unaggressive and so unphysical,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.
Boston has actually not lost since dropping its season opener to Philadelphia, 107-93, on Oct.23 The Celtics have outscored their opponents 115-101 because that loss and raised that dominance versus the Spurs.
Boston accelerated its pace and went on a 19 -3 pursue quiting the game’s very first seven points. Every Celtics starter scored throughout the run, consisting of seven straight points from Brown to spark the rally.
Popovich called a complete timeout and changed all 5 of his beginners in one mass substitution 5 minutes into the game, however that didn’t stem Boston’s momentum.
” They move the ball very well, they play well together and we caught onto that a little bit too late,” DeRozan said.
The dominance continued throughout the second quarter until Hayward exited.
Hayward winced in pain after banging his left hand against Aldridge’s chest trying to surpass the Spurs forward on a screen late in the first half. Hayward appeared to jam the hand as soon as or twice more versus Aldridge prior to leaving the game.
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” Gordon’s actually playing well today and we’re leaning on him to assist us with this season and this run we’re attempting to make,” Brown said. “I know that’s actually hard. At any time you handle an injury like that, that’s discouraging.”.
Hayward had nine points and two rebounds in 15 minutes prior to exiting.
San Antonio reserve point guard Derrick White continued to ride a stationary bicycle to stay loose after suffering a hard fall to the court versus the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 3.
White stayed in the video game versus the Lakers following the fall, however his backside has actually tightened up because.
” I felt much better today than I have the previous number of video games,” White said. “Simply try to keep it loose the very best I can.”.
White said his time far from the bench need to end quickly.
” Maybe next video game and after that will be it,” White stated. “I don’t like being over there but I’ve got to do what I have actually got to do.”.
Celtics: Center Enes Kanter missed his seventh straight game after suffering a bruised left knee in Boston’s season opener. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Kanter felt great after taking part in pregame workouts but is still not ready to play. … Marcus Smart exited with 9: 47 staying in the game after taking a knee to the groin. Smart tried to walk off the injury however quickly signified for a substitution after folding in discomfort.
Spurs: Aldridge averaged 40 points per game versus Boston last season however was restricted to three points on 1-for-4 shooting Saturday. San Antonio’s last house loss to Boston was March 31,2011 Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce combined for 63 points in the triumph.
Celtics: Host Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
Spurs: Host Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
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