Detroit Pistons to treat Killian Hayes hip injury with rehab, out at least 8 weeks

Detroit Free Press

Omari Sankofa II
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It appears Killian Hayes will avoid surgery as he recovers from a hip injury.

The Detroit Pistons announced Wednesday that Hayes’ torn labrum in his right hip will be treated with rest and rehabilitation, and he will be re-evaluated in eight weeks. The release described the origin of the injury as a subluxation, which is a partial dislocation, and Hayes was evaluated by three doctors — Pistons head team physician Dr. Bill Motzouros, Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York and Dr. James Roseneck in Cleveland.

Hayes, the Pistons’ seventh overall draft pick last fall, suffered the injury Jan. 4, during a road game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He fell to the ground while trying to make a defensive play in transition and immediately was in pain, grabbing at his hip.

A surgeon told the Free Press it’s preferable to treat torn hip labrums with rehab, if possible. If Hayes, 19, returns in two months, it would position him to play in the second half of the NBA season.

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In seven games, all starts, the 6-foot-5 Hayes averaged 4.6 points, 3.6 assists, 1.1 rebounds and 2.4 turnovers in 21.1 minutes per game, leaving two contests early because of injury. He shot 27.7% overall (13-for-47), 5-for-20 on 3-pointers and 1-for-2 at the foul line.

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