Hayward will be shut down until after All-Star break

Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward went through a partial practice Monday but felt pain in his sprained right shoulder about 3/4 of the way through and was shut down.

He did not play against Oklahoma City on Tuesday and has been listed as “doubtful” for Wednesday’s game at Minnesota.

Hayward said he won’t come back until after the upcoming five-day All-Star break.

Try to get better so then (I can) come back and not worry about it,” he said.

Before Monday’s practice, Hayward was upbeat and hopeful of playing for the first time since suffering the injury in the overtime period of a Jan. 26 victory over Indiana.

He said he went through most of the practice but at one point, as he was driving to the basket, he flipped a pass backwards over his head and immediately felt pain in his shoulder.

It definitely pinched the shoulder a little bit,” he said. “It was like, ‘This probably isn’t going to work.’”

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin if Hayward had made it all the way through practice he would have played against the Thunder. Because he didn’t, Hayward will be on the shelf for at least the next six days.

“We don’t want to take the chance of him getting hurt again if we can avoid it,” he said. “He has to get through a practice before he can get a chance to be in a game.

Hayward, who averages 13.5 points, missed his ninth consecutive game.


About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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