Analysis: Gordon Hayward (concussion) ruled out against Sixers

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The Celtics announced Tuesday afternoon Gordon Hayward will miss his second straight game on Wednesday night against the Sixers. Hayward remains in the NBA's concussion protocol after suffering a hard collision with John Collins during Saturday's win over the Hawks.

Brad Stevens suggested before Monday's game against the Nuggets that it is possible Hayward could re-join the team for the team's next game on Saturday against the Hornets.

"He may be able to join us in Charlotte for Saturday but I don’t know," Stevens said. "I don’t want to speak out of turn here. And that would depend on if he passes each step of the protocol."

BSJ Analysis: Hayward has been one of the more consistent performers on the C's since the All-Star Break, shooting 51 percent from the field while leading the team in plus/minus for the past two months. His absence loomed large in Monday's loss to the Nuggets as the second unit surrendered a 16-2 run to the Nuggets bench midway through the second half.