Hayes was diagnosed with a right leg contusion after he exited in the second half of Sunday's 110-98 loss to the Lakers, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Before departing, Hayes logged 20 minutes and finished with 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. The injury doesn't look like anything that will affect his preparation for the 2021-22 season, when Hayes will be looking to hold down a more prominent role in the rotation. The 2019 lottery pick was playing his best basketball of his young career in May, averaging 13.8 points (on 56.5/75.8/42.9 percent shooting splits), 6.4 boards, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per game over nine appearances on the month.
Hayes totaled 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and a steal over 20 minutes Sunday in a loss to the Lakers.
The reserve center finished the season on a high note, notching double-digit points in each of his final six contests and posting per-game averages of 15.7 points, 6.5 boards and 1.7 blocks over that stretch. His overall season averages of 7.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks are nearly identical to his rookie-year marks, so Hayes will look to make a bigger leap in his age-21 campaign next season.
Hayes accumulated 19 points (7-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-8 FT) and eight rebounds in 24 minutes during Friday's 125-122 loss to the Warriors.
The 20-year-old came two rebounds shy of his first double-double of the season. Hayes has now scored double-digit points in five straight games -- a span in which he's averaging 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 52.5 percent from the field in 23.9 minutes. The second-year center will look to continue his stellar play off the bench Sunday at home against the Lakers.
Hayes scored 15 points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding six rebounds, a steal and a block across 22 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's loss against the Mavericks.
Hayes has been coming off the bench regularly as the backup of Willy Hernangomez, but he's been playing lights out of late and has scored at least 13 points in four straight games. He's averaging 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks across 24 minutes per game during that span.
Hayes had 18 points (8-11 FG, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, six blocks and one steal Sunday in the Pelicans' 112-110 win over the Hornets.
Hayes once again saw an elevated role in the absence of Steven Adams (toe), as he split time (26 minutes) with starter Willy Hernangomez (22 minutes). Both players were productive fantasy options Sunday, and Hayes will continue to hold plenty of appeal as the regular season comes to a close. Hayes finished Friday's loss to the 76ers with 19 points, eight boards, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 24 minutes.
Hayes played 24 minutes off the bench and totaled 19 points (8-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal during Friday's 109-107 loss to the 76ers.
Though Hayes came off the bench, he and Willy Hernangomez each played 24 minutes, and both played relatively well considering they had their hands full with Joel Embiid. Hayes led the Pelicans in scoring, field goals made, offensive rebounds and blocks while attempting six more shots than Hernangomez. Given that the Pelicans are getting hit with injuries, Hayes could continue to see a decent amount of playing time.
Hayes recorded 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-100 win over Orlando.
Hayes started the second half as Steven Adams (ankle) was limited to half of Thursday's game, and as a result, he saw his heaviest workload in about two weeks. If Adams has to miss any time, Hayes would be a candidate to potentially start.
Hayes (back) will play Sunday against the Knicks, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Hayes has been dealing with back spasms that limited his play in Friday's game against Detroit, but he will be in action Sunday. He had been averaging 19.1 minutes per game in his previous five games before the back issue arose.
Hayes (back) is probable for Sunday's matchup against the Knicks.
Hayes left Friday's game against the Pistons due to back spasms, but he should return Sunday. This month, he's averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19.3 minutes.
Hayes will not return to Friday's matchup with the Pistons due to back spasms, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Hayes did not have any back issues reported prior to the game. He accumulated three points (0-1 FG, 3-4 FT), one rebound and one assist across nine minutes before exiting. It remains to be seen how this issue will affect his status for Sunday's game against the Knicks.
Hayes scored eight points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT) to go along with seven rebounds and three steals across 21 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings.
Hayes topped 20 minutes for the fourth time in his last nine games and delivered a familiar line with decent scoring and rebounding numbers. More impressive were his defensive contributions, as he tallied multiple steals in a game for only the second time this season. While Hayes is averaging only 14.8 minutes per game on the campaign, that number has bumped up 20.7 across his last nine games. In that stretch, he's averaged 9.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per contest.
Hayes (ankle) is off the injury report for Wednesday's matchup against the Nets.
Hayes suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday's loss to the Hawks, but he's apparently healthy enough to play just one day later. Since the start of March, he's averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 17.6 minutes.
Hayes suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday's game against the Hawks, Eliot Clough of the Pelicans Plus podcast reports.
Hayes ended up playing 17 minutes in the game, but he went to the locker room due to the injury and never got back on the court. His status for Wednesday's game against the Nets is certainly in jeopardy.
Hayes will shift back to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Hawks, Pelicans sideline reporter Jen Hale reports.
With Zion Williamson back from a three-game injury absence, he'll replace Hayes in the starting lineup. The Pelicans will still be without Brandon Ingram (toe), so James Johnson will get the nod at the other forward spot.
Hayes averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 28.0 minutes per game while starting in both of the Pelicans' last two games.
Though Hayes saw a solid amount of minutes in a loss to the Hawks on Friday and a win over the Rockets on Sunday, he proved to be a clunky fit next to Steven Adams in the latter game. While starting at power forward, Hayes converted just four of his 12 shot attempts from the field. Head coach Stan Van Gundy said after the contest that Adams was placed in the concussion protocol, so Hayes could get the chance to shift back over to center Tuesday against the Hawks if Adams isn't cleared to play ahead of that game.
Hayes is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockets, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Steven Adams (ankle) will also be in the starting five, as the Pelicans go with a bigger lineup featuring a pair of centers up front. James Johnson will start at the other forward spot, while Eric Bledsoe and Lonzo Ball comprise the starting backcourt.
Hayes will start at center in Friday's matchup with the Hawks,Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Hayes will replace Steven Adams (ankle) in the starting lineup. He recorded seven points and four rebounds across 11.3 minutes in his only other start this season.
Hayes (wrist) will be available for Monday's game against the Celtics.
A sprained wrist kept Hayes out of Saturday's game against Dallas, but he won't miss any additional time. The backup center typically sees 15-to-20 minutes behind Steven Adams, but it hasn't been enough to push him toward fantasy relevance this season.
Hayes (wrist) is now listed as probable for Monday's game against the Celtics.
A sprained wrist, sustained during Friday's loss to the Nuggets, kept Hayes sidelined Saturday against Dallas, but it looks like he'll be back in the mix Monday as the primary backup to Steven Adams. In seven healthy games since the break, Hayes is averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 blocks in 16.9 minutes. That's not enough to warrant fantasy attention in most leagues, but Hayes remains a player to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.
Hayes (wrist) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Boston.
A sprained right wrist kept the second-year big man out of Saturday's win over Dallas, and the Pels will wait to see how he responds before ruling on his status for Monday's game. Hayes has held onto a consistent role off the bench since the All-Star break, averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 16.9 minutes over seven healthy games.
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