The Celtics lost small forward Gordon Hayward to a broken left hand in their game vs. the Spurs on Saturday.
DeMar DeRozan had 22 points for the Spurs (5-4), who trailed by as many as 22 points. The Celtics have outscored their opponents 115-101 since that opening loss and raised that dominance against the Spurs. Kanter originally suffered the injury when the Sixers' Josh Richardson smashed right into Kanter's left leg/knee in the aftermath of a collision with Marcus Smart in the second quarter of that October 23 meeting.
Hayward was crunched by an Aldridge screen in the second quarter, for which Aldridge was called for an offensive foul, and began shaking his left hand.
He played last season, mostly off the bench, and averaged 11.4 points per game.
Daniel Theis has become Boston's starting center in Kanter's absence, and has thrown himself a block party along the way, while the Green have posted seven straight victories over that stretch. Hayward appeared to jam the hand once or twice more against Aldridge before exiting the game. The 6-foot-7 Hayward missed the 2017 season after breaking his leg six minutes into Boston's season opener. He signed a two-year, $9.7 million deal with the Celtics this summer in free agency. "So, he'll be back".