Celtics center Aron Baynes is out indefinitely and will reportedly require surgery after breaking a bone in his left hand less than two minutes into Wednesday night’s eventual 111-103 loss to the Phoenix Suns at TD Garden.
Baynes hit a pair of shots as Boston raced to an early lead, but injured his hand while battling for a rebound against Suns center DeAndre Ayton. Coming out of the game visibly upset, he headed to the locker room with team trainer Art Horne.
This appears to be the moment when Aron Baynes injured his left hand, as he fought for a rebound. You’ll see him look at the hand at the very end of the clip. pic.twitter.com/9giIZeRWiu
— Marc D’Amico (@Marc_DAmico) December 20, 2018
The team announced later in the first half that Baynes had been diagnosed with a left fourth metacarpal fracture and would not return to the floor. The Athletic‘s Shams Charania reported the 32-year-old will undergo surgery and is expected to return in a month.
“I don’t know any updates on timelines or anything like that, but probably, clearly, going to be out for some time,” coach Brad Stevens said after the game. “I saw the X-rays, so I can confirm that one — even I could see the break. Who knows how long he’s going to be out, but he’s disappointed.”
Baynes is averaging 5.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14.8 minutes this season. With forward Al Horford also dealing with patellar tendinitis, rookie center Robert Williams could experience an uptick in playing time. He played 24 minutes on Wednesday night, well above his season average, totaling eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks.