Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Per Brad Stevens:
Hayward won’t play tonight.— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) December 20, 2019
“It’s nothing muscular, it’s nothing bone wise. So he’s just got pain in one spot,” Stevens said. “Whether that’s from the shot that could be better within any day now or whether it’s something that he just needs to continue to figure out how to manage it best. That’s probably the way that they’re going to have to look at it... he’s going to be day to day.”
The Detroit Pistons come to Boston banged up, too. Blake Griffin and Luke Kennard are listed as doubtful for tonight and back up center Christian Wood is already out. Marcus Smart, who was already listed as out yesterday, is still recovering from an eye infection that has kept him out for the last two weeks and four games. According to Stevens, the infection that started in one eye and migrated to the other is one of the worst the doctors have ever seen.