Gordon Hayward 2020: I'm standing here in pieces and you're having delusions of grandeur!

lexrageorge

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Leaving for the birth of his child does not mean he would miss 3-4 weeks. He returned to the bubble to do some serious work with the training staff, which seems unlikely if he was planning to return for only a handful of games.
 

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When I saw this first video of Gordon on Friday I thought he looked pretty fluid in his movements and was hopeful he'd be back early in the series (game 3 was my guess).
View: https://twitter.com/JeffZillgitt/status/1304573736981598211?s=20


But when I saw this second video my heart sank a bit. His movement looks much more mechanical and I'm afraid he may not be as close as we were hoping.
View: https://twitter.com/NBCSCeltics/status/1304574362406858752?s=20

I just wanted to share in case, like me, others had seen the first video but not the second. Hopefully the second video was when he first started shooting and the first was after he'd loosened up and was feeling better.
 
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Agreed. The current starting five is firing on all cylinders while Hayward hasn't played in a month and he isn't 100%. Hayward's role should be clear, it's to supplement what the team has been doing through the first two rounds and make them deeper. This is an easy decision and Hayward should have no problem understanding that.
It all depends on how the series stands when he's ready. If Heat are up 2-0 and Smart is 4-16 from three, then maybe they try something different. If Celtics are up 2-0 then you keep rolling.
 

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I've been thinking about this a lot for some reason. I agree that Game 3 is probably the earliest we'll see him, but I think a lot depends on how the series is going. If we're struggling I think we'll see him as soon as he can play. If things are going well I could see them giving him more time with an eye toward having the best GH possible late in the series and/or in the finals.
 
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I've been thinking about this a lot for some reason. I agree that Game 3 is probably the earliest we'll see him, but I think a lot depends on how the series is going. If we're struggling I think we'll see him as soon as he can play. If things are going well I could see them giving him more time with an eye toward having the best GH possible late in the series and/or in the finals.
In an alternative universe where the Celtics fall behind 3-0, he's definitely going to play in Game 4. But, that's not going to happen here, so when we are up 3-1 maybe we'll see him come in to help close it out :)
 
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How long does it usually take a player to get back into rhythm after an injury like that? Seems like a tough assignment to jump right into the middle of an ECF series. Ecstatic to get him back but wonder how helpful he'll be in the initial couple games.
 

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I think even getting him into a game for 10 minutes at a time would be helpful both to winning that game, and also getting him back in game shape. We definitely need him for the Finals!
 

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How long does it usually take a player to get back into rhythm after an injury like that? Seems like a tough assignment to jump right into the middle of an ECF series. Ecstatic to get him back but wonder how helpful he'll be in the initial couple games.
Do you think a Gordon Hayward coming back from a month off due to the ankle injury after playing in 52 games this season with the team will be no better, or worse, than 10 to 15 minutes of Ojeleye?
 

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Hayward became a father again today.

Now win tonight.
Gotta admit, I feel for the guy, even if he's incredibly well-paid. Let's say the C's win this series and the Finals go seven games. That's, what, almost a month without seeing/holding his son?
 

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Gotta admit, I feel for the guy, even if he's incredibly well-paid. Let's say the C's win this series and the Finals go seven games. That's, what, almost a month without seeing/holding his son?
Can’t the family clear the bubble protocol?
 

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No truth to the rumor he named his son “Frontrim” in honor of his performance tonight
14 points (on 4-for-9 shooting), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, plus-8 in 30 minutes.

On the list of the Celtics' many problems in Game 5, Hayward is near the bottom.
 
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14 points (on 4-for-9 shooting), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, plus-8 in 30 minutes.

On the list of the Celtics' many problems in Game 5, Hayward is near the bottom.
I posted at halftime. In the 1H he was horrific front rimming every open look.