With the Boston Celtics West Coast trip coming to an end with an astounding three wins and one loss in the past four games, you have to give credit where credit is due. With the Celtics winning a plethora of games, it is not only because of the way they have been playing, but because of contributions that Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward has been providing.
Hayward has been having a hot and cold season. He began the season in a slump, as he was having trouble scoring and adjusting to the new chemistry that the Celtics identified themselves with last year. With this, it was also his first time playing basketball since dislocating his ankle and breaking his tibia in the first game of the season last year against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the season progressed, he was starting to find his old self little by little, seeing what he can do to help benefit the team in areas where they needed help with. These four games however, were different.
In the past four games, Hayward has been putting numbers like he did when he played on the Utah Jazz. With the exception of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Hayward has been averaging 19 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists on 70 percent shooting on this road trip. In Utah, he averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Needless to say, it looks like Hayward is starting to get back to his old self again.
However, you should not put all of the Celtics success lately because of how Hayward has been scoring, rather put it on the fact on the way that he has been approaching his game lately. When Hayward was interviewed by Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal, he told him that it was the way that he has been aggressive lately is why he has been doing really well recently:
“I try not to judge my performance based on if I’m shooting the ball well or not, but I’ve been aggressive in the each of the games,” Hayward said when reflecting on how his game has been exceptionally well on this trip. “I’ve definitely made winning plays for our team and the thing I am most aware of is that we’ve won in all of them.” [Credits: ClutchPoints]
This does not sound like the Hayward we once knew from the Utah Jazz. He sounds more of a leader now than he has ever before. Has Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens boosted his confidence based on the way he has been playing. Who knows, but he has to continue this way, us Celtics fan will be happy with the way he plays, win or loss.