Sport Why the Celtics will be able to ride out storm in Hayward’s absence

04:00  11 november  2019
04:00  11 november  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

Gordon Hayward exits Saturday's game vs. Spurs with left hand fracture

  Gordon Hayward exits Saturday's game vs. Spurs with left hand fracture Gordon Hayward exits Saturday's game vs. Spurs with left hand fracture#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a left hand fracture after an x-ray examination and is out for the remainder of tonight’s game against San Antonio.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left hand Saturday in the Celtics ' matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, the team announced. No timetable has been provided regarding his absence . Late in the second quarter, Hayward collided with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge while trying to

The Boston Celtics have lost Gordon Hayward to a fractured ankle, but that doesn't mean their Here are three reasons why the Celtics will survive losing Hayward and still compete for the East in Then there’ s Irving. He was already anxious to take control of a team and get out of the shadow of LeBron

The Celtics have prided themselves on depth, and they’ve been able to pad their roster with young talent through the Brooklyn Nets trade in 2013 that netted four first-round picks.

Jaylen Brown holding a basketball: Jaylen Brown, who led the Celtics with 30 points in their win over the Spurs on Saturday, can help fill the void in Gordon Hayward’s absence.© matthew j. lee Jaylen Brown, who led the Celtics with 30 points in their win over the Spurs on Saturday, can help fill the void in Gordon Hayward’s absence.

This season, they were finally able to find harmony among their plethora of small forwards, blending Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown into the starting lineup and racing to a 7-1 start.

The Celtics will have to now rely on their depth at the position with Hayward out several weeks with a fractured left hand.

Celtics roll over Spurs for seventh straight win

  Celtics roll over Spurs for seventh straight win The victory came at a cost as Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured left hand.BOX SCORE:  CELTICS 135, SPURS 115

Kyrie and Hayward talk Celtics ' win over Warriors (0:36). Kyrie Irving says the Celtics kept the ball moving and got good shots while Gordon Hayward thought Hayward ' s gradual progression back to the player he was prior to suffering a gruesome leg and ankle injury six minutes into last year's season

The Celtics were counting on Hayward to score a lot of points. Hayward is an underrated defender, and with him out , someone will have to draw his defensive No one will be able to hit the ridiculous shots he can hit. Not to sound cliche, but this is the type of situation where stars raise their games.

Hayward was playing the best basketball of his Celtics tenure, averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, including his 39-point performance last week against Cleveland when he was hurt on Saturday. He was not only serving as a go-to scorer but also a playmaker and rebounder. Hayward will be missed, but the games will continue starting Monday against the rejuvenated Dallas Mavericks and the Celtics will have to devise an alternative plan.

One answer represented himself well in the Celtics’ 135-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs, Boston’s first win at AT&T; Center in eight years. Jaylen Brown scored 30 points in that game and if not for an illness that cost him three games, would be off to the best start of his NBA career.

Gordon Hayward expected to miss 6 weeks after hand surgery

  Gordon Hayward expected to miss 6 weeks after hand surgery Gordon Hayward expected to miss 6 weeks after hand surgeryHayward suffered the injury when he collided with San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge in the second quarter of Saturday’s Celtics win. He entered the game averaging 20.3 points on 56/44/84 shooting splits to go along with 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 33.5 minutes a game.

Hayward suffered a fractured left hand in the second quarter after a collision with Spurs forward Now, he’ll be needed even more to help fill the scoring void during Hayward ’ s absence . For now though, the Celtics will look to keep rolling. They welcome Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks to

Gordon Hayward has had the kind of start to the season that both he and the Celtics envisioned when he signed with the team in 2017. But Hayward ’ s strong start will be sidelined following a fractured left hand suffered in the first half of Boston’s matchup with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

After scoring 8 points in a foul-troubled season opener against the Philadelphia, Brown scored 44 points over the next two games before his illness. He looks as comfortable and under control attacking the rim and scoring around the basket as he has in his career.

Brown will play a more prominent role in Hayward’s absence.

“I think we’ve got a lot of good guys in this locker room that have the right mentality, put in the work, I think we’ll be fine,” Brown said. “Of course, having G not out there is going to hurt us a little but we’ve got to be ready to step up and make plays.”

When asked whether the scoring responsibility will increase for he and Tatum, Brown said: “I think the points are going to come. The playmaking, making sure we’re getting other people involved, making the game a little bit easier for us, I think that’s the stuff Gordon brings to the game, his playmaking ability. We’ve all got to step up in that regard to make sure the ball is moving, making sure we’re getting each other easy ones.”

Hayward injured, Tatum cold, but Celtics keep rolling

  Hayward injured, Tatum cold, but Celtics keep rolling Kemba Walker answered a Dallas rally with 10 points in 92 seconds, and Jaylen Brown posted a second straight double-double as Boston reached an NBA-best 8-1.The forward is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks, and that will make it quite challenging for Boston to continue this surprising early surge.

Hayward ’ s absence will likely push Marcus Smart into the starting five permanently alongside Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown on the wings. If the Celtics coaching staff can help him find his spots better, and he can learn how to play off Kyrie, Brown could make a real difference in Hayward ’ s absence .

Hayward is one of the league’ s most versatile scorers. He has steadily increased his production while Defenders need to be able to switch from forwards to guards and back again without getting For now, a versatile guy like Hayward can be deployed almost everywhere, and the Celtics will go

The only sample size in life without Hayward this season is the second half against the Spurs. Celtics coach Brad Stevens used rookie Javonte Green, a player who is gaining his trust, for 12:36 and he responded with 4 points. What Green brings to the Celtics is an extra defender and athlete and more versatility in defending backcourts.

The Celtics have prided themselves on versatility, especially this season. They have been prone to play extra small lineups with 6-foot-7-inch Grant Williams playing center, but they have been so staunch at the other positions in switching screens, they have flourished.

“I just told him to keep his head up,” Stevens said of Hayward. “That’s all you can do. He worked hard. He’ll keep himself in good shape. He’ll be ready to go when he gets back but again now he needs to help encourage some of our wings off the bench. They need to be ready to be called upon to have value to winning.”

Also, the Celtics will welcome Enes Kanter back, perhaps as soon as Monday, and he’ll bring another scoring option and an opportunity for Stevens to play bigger lineups. The Celtics will have more frontcourt versatility with Kanter back. In his absence, they have been playing Daniel Theis heavy minutes.

Gordon Hayward ‘Heard, Felt’ Hand Break In Collision With LeMarcus Aldridge

  Gordon Hayward ‘Heard, Felt’ Hand Break In Collision With LeMarcus Aldridge Gordon Hayward's broken hand happened so fast even he's unsure how the injury really happened. The Celtics forward collided with LaMarcus Aldridge during the second quarter of Boston's 135-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 9, resulting in the fracture. Hayward underwent successful surgery and is being well taken care of by his daughters.

The Boston Celtics are humming right along so far this NBA season, holding down the first place position in the Eastern Conference and looking like the top dogs in their division by a wide margin. In fact, once small forward Gordon Hayward is back in the fold, watch out .

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Marcus Smart will also likely play more of a point guard/forward role in handling the ball and making plays when Kemba Walker is shifted to shooting guard. Hayward was comfortable playing point forward, and he was third on the team in assists because he usually made the right play.

Tatum and Brown aren’t as comfortable in that role but they are improving. Stevens likely won’t put the two in positions where they are out of their element but the ball movement will have to be maintained. One aspect in which Hayward flourished is early scoring. There were times recently where he carried the offense in the first half while Tatum and Walker warmed up.

Brown got off to a fast start Saturday and the Celtics will have to be more focused on scoring early, which has been an issue this season. The Celtics have enough depth to compensate for Hayward’s absence, especially with Tatum and Brown both taking major steps forward this season. But Hayward served as a security blanket because of his poise, and that will no longer be the case.

This is why the Celtics built depth over the past few years. They should move forward smoothly if they can rely on their stars to be stars.

Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GwashburnGlobe.

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