Hayward suffered a left hip strain in the second half of the Hornets’ 104-93 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. While he traveled with the Hornets to Tampa, Fla., for this two-game series against the Raptors, coach James Borrego called his status day-to-day Wednesday night.
The Raptors are playing home games at Tampa’s Amalie Arena this season due to pandemic-related travel restrictions in Canada.
Hayward is the Hornets’ leading scorer at 22 points per game, and has played at an All-Star level in his first season in Charlotte.
A hip strain is when one the muscles supporting a hip is “stretched beyond its limit or torn,” according to a description on the OrthoInfo website. It’s typically a sports-related injury treated with rest, icing, compression and elevation.
Hayward, a former All-Star, signed a $120 million, 4-year contract to play for the Hornets, becoming arguably the biggest free-agent acquisition in franchise history. He is averaging 22 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists through 12 games.
This is the second injury of Hayward’s season. He suffered a fractured right pinkie finger in the preseason, but hasn’t missed a regular-season game.