Charlotte Hornets wing Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in the fifth finger of his right hand, as first reported by Shams Charania and confirmed by the team
Hornets' Gordon Hayward has suffered an avulsion fracture of his fifth finger on his right hand.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 16, 2020
An avulsion fracture occurs when a tendon or ligament pulls a piece of bone off. It sounds really bad, but it seems to be a relatively minor injury that heals on its own without any surgical intervention. The team has said that Hayward will miss Thursday nights game against Orlando and will be listed as day-to-day moving forward. My guess would be that he sits out the last two preseason games and returns early in the regular season, if not the season opener.
It's frustrating news given the excitement around the team with the regular season looming. It also concerning that an injury popped up so early in his Hornets career after Hayward dealtwith injuries in his last season in Boston. Hopefully this injury is as minor as it seems and everything will be back to normal shortly.