Gordon Hayward may make a return come the playoffs.
The last time Gordon Hayward was seen on the court, he was being carried off by a stretcher after forcibly twisting his foot with 6 minutes into the Boston Celtics' opening night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers- a game that the Celtics lost.
Despite the absence of their newly acquired star, the Celtics managed to surprise the league when it went on a 16-game winning streak that was only snapped recently by the Miami Heat. Along the way, the Celtics had to deal with various injury problems with star, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
After a rather lousy loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, the East-leading Celtics bounced back as they defeated the Denver Nuggets, 124-118. This game saw Kyrie Irving exploding for 33 points and 7 assists.
Question: What will happen if Gordon Hayward makes a return soon?
To begin with, Gordon Hayward did play for the Celtics, for 6 minutes before that nasty injury took him out of the game. Initial assessments back then had stated that Hayward won't be back to basketball action until next season but now, new images of Hayward are now suggesting otherwise. There's a possibility that yes, Gordon Hayward will miss a big chunk of the regular season but if you have seen him in the pictures that were released to the public, you will be happy.
Gordon Hayward can now walk without using a walking boot.
Going back to the question of what will happen when Gordon makes his return to the floor, one thing is certain. Gordon Hayward's presence will have an immediate effect- at least on the offense of the Celtics. But will affect the chemistry that his teammates have already established during his absence?
Yes. One way or another, assuming that Gordon Hayward returns either during the latter part of the season or even in the playoffs, it will disrupt the chemistry of Boston. Brad Steven will have another player to worry about. However, we all know what a Gordon Hayward can do when he's on the floor.So the Celtics will be fine regardless of when Hayward makes his return.
While we are happy to see a significant amount of progress from Gordon Hayward, the Celtics should not rush him. Not when they are winning without him. Not when Kyrie Irving is letting his Mamba Mentality do the talking. The Celtics may need Hayward healthy for the playoffs but for now, he should be resting. And preparing. Why?
There may be a time when Kyrie Irving needs a Gordon Hayward basket.