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Time to admit Celtics miss Gordon Hayward


We can be sure that Gordon Hayward will not be walking through that door, but it is time to admit he is missed in Boston. More than anything, Gordon added a stability to the Celtics that is sorely missing this season. A tweet prior to this season expresses a part of the missing piece.

The Green simply can not maintain any sort of winning streak, and a solid win is often followed by a disappointing loss, exhibited by Friday's win over the Clippers and the loss to the Suns two days later. 

Some fans viwed Hayward as excess baggage on a team next to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Why would the Celtics need a third volume scorer when the team has the Jay Team? Let me throw out the term "stability" once more, while adding the incredibly-valued quality of "versatility".

Gordon can do virtually anything on the court, as he is demonstrating with his new team, the Charlotte Hornets. How does 23.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.9 APG and 1.2 SPG sound, along with 50%/42%/85% accuracy from the field, beyond the arc and from the foul line?

We have seen the last of Gordon Hayward on the parquet, except for his appearances in a rival uniform. Tatum was out of action this season due to COVID protocols, and Brown has missed a couple of games with an injury. Would have been nice to have Hayward as a replacement. Danny Ainge has gone on record as needing "shooting with size" and possibly using the TPE to make it happen. Beyond size and shooting, I will add stability, versatility, facilitation and team play to that wish list. You know, the stuff that Gordon Hayward supplied.


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