After Aron Baynes started the game for the resting Gordon Hayward which included hitting his first three shots including another three pointer, he exited the second quarter with an apparent sore right hamstring strain. Here’s the play:
He seems to be backpedaling and trips on Mitchell Robinson’s knee and tweaks his hammy. After the game, Stevens updated Baynes’ status with no update, saying, “I don’t have any update. Hamstrings are scary to me.”
Baynes had started the season strong. He looked good in his return to the starting lineup vs. the Knicks and on Opening Night, he went toe-to-toe with Joel Embiid and effectively frustrated and shut down the Philly big man. He’s a +21 in his first three games. As Stevens suggests, hamstring injuries are tricky. You want to be fully healthy before putting any pressure on it in fear of re-injury.
However, the Celtics have options to fill’s Baynes’ role at the 5. On Saturday night, Stevens went to Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele. We could also see the rookie Robert Williams get his first regular season minutes.
The Celtics play again on Monday night back in Boston against the Magic and then have three days before travelling to Oklahoma City.