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Celtics' Gordon Hayward out Friday, but MRI results clean

An MRI result for Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward's left foot came back clean, coach Brad Stevens told reporters Friday.

Hayward did not play in Boston's 114-93 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, but Stevens said the injury isn't a long-term concern.

Hayward, 29, is averaging 17.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season. He missed Wednesday's victory over the Dallas Mavericks because of soreness in the foot.

Stevens said Wednesday that Hayward has been dealing with lingering foot soreness since before injuring his hand in November.

Marcus Smart also was ruled out against the Pistons with an eye infection, Stevens told reporters.