Hayes had nine points (3-8 FG, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 115-104 win over the Trail Blazers.
Hayes continues to show steady progress, and he matched his career high block total, which he just set in Sunday's win over the Warriors. Moreover, Hayes also matched his career high in steals. It's unclear how long Derrick Favors (back spasms) will remain sidelined, but Hayes seems likely to continue holding down the fort as the starting center until Favors rejoins the rotation.
Hayes had 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's 108-100 win over the Warriors.
Hayes thrived in his first career start, where he logged career-high marks in minutes, rebounds, blocks and free throws made. Considering Derrick Favors and Jahill Okafor remain sidelined, Hayes should continue seeing healthy minutes ahead of Tuesday's matchup at home against Portland.
Hayes will start Sunday's game against Golden State.
It will be the first career start for Hayes, who's virtually the Pels' only option at center with both Derrick Favors and Jahlil Okafor sidelined. As a result, expect Hayes to see a heavy workload. He'll have a great chance to eclipse the 23 minutes he played in Saturday's loss to the Heat. In that game, Hayes had 12 points, three rebounds and two blocks.
Hayes played 23 minutes off the bench and compiled 12 points (6-6 FG), three rebounds, two blocks and one steal Saturday in the Pelicans' 109-94 loss to the Heat.
The rookie first-round pick has typically served as the Pelicans' third-string center, but he took on his second-highest minutes load of the season Saturday with Jahlil Okafor (ankle) ruled out ahead of the contest and starter Derrick Favors (back) exiting in the first half. It's unclear if either of the banged-up big men will be available for Sunday's game against Golden State, so Hayes could be looking at even larger share of playing time in the second half of the back-to-back set.
Hayes (ribs) is not listed on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
Hayes exited Monday's game against the Rockets in the first half with a rib injury and ultimately didn't return, though the issue won't impact his availability for Thursday's clash. Prior to his abbreviated appearance Monday, Hayes posted averages of 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.8 minutes across the first four games of the month.