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Boston Celtics big man Aron Baynes suffered a hamstring injury late in the first half of Saturday's game against the New York Knicks and was ruled out for the game. Baynes, making a spot start with Gordon Hayward held out on the second night of a back-to-back, hobbled off late in the second quarter and was ruled out at the start of the second half. The Celtics went small with a lineup featuring Marcus Smart alongside the typical starters to open the second half.
The Boston Celtics are giving Gordon Hayward a night off to rest his surgically repaired left ankle. Hayward is sitting out the Celtics' game Saturday against the New York Knicks on their second night of back-to-back games. Coach Brad Stevens says there wasn't a plan to sit Hayward out of the second night of consecutive games, but the forward was feeling general soreness coming off Boston's loss in Toronto on Friday.
Last season the NBA leaned in on teams resting players, particularly in high-profile, televised games. The NBA built in rest before those games to help, and teams mostly played along, but players who teams wanted to be cautious with still got their rest. The rest is starting early this season — Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, Boston’s Gordon Hayward, and Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler are all out Saturday night on the second night of back-to-backs.
A trio of former All-Stars will be inactive on Saturday night, with all three sitting out for either rest or injury rehabilitation. Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard will rest against the Wizards per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, while his opponent from Friday night, Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, is out against the Knicks due to "left ankle recovery" per the team. Leonard scored 31 points last night in the Raptors' 113-101 victory at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The Celtics are resting forward Gordon Hayward on Saturday night as Boston travels to face the New York Knicks, due to what the team calls left ankle recovery.