According to Sham Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes has a broken left hand and will undergo surgery. Baynes left Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter after the injury.
Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes has suffered a broken left hand and will undergo surgery, per league sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. Baynes is expected to return in a month.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 20, 2018
Shortly after the report, the team confirmed that Baynes suffered a left fourth metacarpal fracture in tonight’s first quarter and listed him as “out indefinitely”.
#NEBHInjuryReport Aron Baynes has been diagnosed with a left fourth metacarpal fracture and is out indefinitely.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 20, 2018
Baynes has been an important piece of the Celtics’ frontcourt, especially with the absence of Al Horford. In 24 games, Baynes is averaging 5.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Until the return of Horford, Daniel Theis and Robert Williams will see an increase in their minutes.
Here is the play where the fracture occurred:
Aron Baynes has been diagnosed with a left fourth metacarpal fracture and is out indefinitely. Here are a couple of angles of the play that caused it. pic.twitter.com/PaWP8guzb6— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) December 20, 2018
Our own Keith Smith spoke to some people in the medical world, who said that this injury most likely means surgery tomorrow or Friday, followed by a reevaluation in 3-4 weeks.