Gordon Hayward injury: Hornets star won't play vs. Celtics amid four-week absence

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Gordon Hayward injury: Hornets star won't play vs. Celtics due to foot sprain originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Gordon Hayward will not be making his return to Boston on Sunday afternoon.

The Charlotte Hornets star will miss at least four weeks with a right foot sprain, the team announced Saturday afternoon

Hayward suffered the injury during Friday night's win over the Indiana Pacers.

Sunday night's matchup at TD Garden is the first of three meetings between the Celtics and Hornets of the 2020-21 season.

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It also would have been Hayward's first game back in Boston since he left the Celtics last offseason as part of a sign-and-trade with the Hornets. If Hayward does miss four weeks, he might not play against the C's at all this season. The other two Celtics-Hornets games are scheduled for April 25 and April 28.

Hayward is having a strong season for the Hornets, averaging 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Tip-off for Celtics vs. Hornets is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.