Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics. (Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The NBA-leading Celtics will try for their eighth-straight win at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at TD Garden when they host the Mavericks.
But, they'll have to do it without former All-Star Gordon Hayward.
Hayward will miss at least three weeks—likely longer—after fracturing his hand Saturday during a bad-luck collision with the Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Hawyard was scheduled for surgery Monday.
Aaron Baynes returned from the same injury after four weeks last year, but everyone's different.
Jaylen Brown should see a larger opportunity in the offense with Hayward out, but he's still bummed to see his teammate miss more time.
"Gordon's playing really well right now," Brown said. "We're leaning on him to help us with this season and this run that we're trying to make. I know that's really tough, and anytime that you're dealing with an injury like that, it's disheartening."
Boston's coming off a perfect road trip to move to 7-1, but Dallas has won all of its games on the road, so they shouldn't expect an easy match-up.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports