What Gordon Hayward is most concerned about with his left hand

Nick Friar
December 03, 2019 - 2:31 pm
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Gordon Hayward continues to progress with his rehab from surgery on the fourth metacarpal bone (ring finger) in his left hand. On Monday he took part in what he called “hybrid contact” drills at practice with Celtics coaches and team staff.

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“It’s definitely sore, and I think that’s something I got to work through,” he said. “You know, got to work through that to make my hand stronger. And over the next couple days, I can do that and get it more (to) the same (level of) strength (as) my right hand. I mean, I think it’s going to be a little while, and, plus, I was right-hand dominant anyways. So it’s never going to probably be the exact same, but get it more strengthened so the percentage is closer to my right.”

As far as his timeline, Hayward sounds confident with each step he takes. The fact he’s been able to keep up with his conditioning has been important, and Boston’s stretch of home games makes it easier to get his work done.

But there’s been no change in the “approximately six weeks” timetable that was initially designated when he had surgery on November 9.

Right now, his focus is on the process of strengthening his left hand. Hayward is dribbling with it, but there’s still the matter of making left-handed passes, as well as using his weaker hand when play gets physical — which has been on his mind.

“The one thing that, I’m not worried about, but concerned (with) is, it’s one thing to dribble and pass with (my hand), it’s another to have somebody coming at you full-speed that you got to put your arm on and keep them off the glass,” Hayward said. “Or if somebody pushes you, you got to fight them back. Pushing off on somebody. That’s something that will take a little bit of strength, so that’s what I got to build up.

“It’s definitely something where — hopefully not the rest of the season, but certainly, for a lengthy part of the season, I’m going to have to continue to do treatment and continue to ice it. … I don’t want it to get hit again, but I’m sure it will get hit again. And when that happens, it’ll be sore. So you manage that. But it’s something I’ll deal with for the rest of the year.”

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