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Sam Hauser injury: Latest report on Celtics forward’s ankle is positive

Boston Celtics Before Sam Hauser was in the midst of a historic shooting performance when an ankle injury forced him out 130-104 victory Sunday against the Washington Wizards early.

Hauser went out in the third quarter and did not return.

The good news is that, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston GlobeX-rays of Hauser’s ankle came back negative and “he is not expected to be out for an extended period of time.”

Hauser is one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA, and that was on full display against the Wizards as he connected on 10 of his 13 attempts from beyond the arc. His 30 points are a new career high and his 22:49 minutes played were the fewest players in the NBA to hit 10 3-pointers in the game.

Hauser is shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range this season, which is just behind Jrue Vacations (44.5 percent) among Celtics players. His brilliant shooting Sunday brought his 3-point percentage in March to 49.5 percent through nine games.

The fact that Hauser is not out long term is huge for the Celtics as they will need him in the playoffs. Hauser’s ability to catch fire from 3-point range makes him a significant X-factor, even someone who could potentially be the difference-maker in a game or postseason series.

Hauser is averaging career highs in minutes (21.2), points (8.4) and rebounds (3.4) per game this season.

The Celtics are back in action Monday night against the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden, where NBC Sports Boston will present a all-female broadcast team to celebrate Women’s Empowerment Month. The team has not officially announced Hauser’s status for this game.

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