What the Gordon Hayward Injury Means for the Celtics

It was the first game of the NBA season. The storyline around the game was “Kyrie vs LeBron”. The Celtics were leading 10-9 with 6:48 left in the 1st quarter. The Celtics’ two new star acquisitions, Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving were playing very well and this seemed to be the start of a great season for the Celtics. Al Horford passed the ball to Kyrie Irving on the wing. Kyrie, seeing Hayward cut backdoor, threw a lob. It was intercepted by LeBron James, and Hayward was thrown off balance in the air with nothing to brace his fall. As Gordon Hayward landed on the hardwood, both his ankle and the Celtics title hopes were shattered.

Or so they thought.

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A split-second before Gordon Hayward’s horrific injury,

You see, in my opinion, though the Gordon Hayward injury was absolutely devastating, the Celtics showed how good they can play without him. They had a bad 2nd quarter, but resurrected after halftime. They came with a new energy and outscored the Cavs 33-18 in the third quarter alone. They ended the game losing by only three points, 102-99. The two players who raised their level of play were the Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Brown played 40 minutes and scored 25 points on an efficient 11-23 shooting, and Tatum had 14 points in 37 minutes on 5-12 from the field. With these two studs on the Celtics, I don’t think that there will be too much of an impact on the Celtics record without Hayward. If Brown averages 17 ppg and Tatum averages 11 ppg, there will not be that much of a scoring drop off.

The major problem I believe the Gordon Hayward injury causes for the Celtics is the playoff inexperience considering Hayward misses the playoffs with the injury, and the Celtics make a deep run. Though there will be the inexperience issue, I think allowing the young Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown get their feet wet in professional basketball helps the Celtics now and in the future.  

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