The Boston Celtics will be without Gordon Hayward for at least four weeks. The star forwards obtained a grade 3 ankle sprain during a scary fall in last nights game agains the Philadelphia 76ers. This is a significant blow for the Celtics. With Gordon Hayward on the floor this season, their numbers have been significantly better. Offensively, they’re 8th in the league with a 113th rating, while obtaining a 107.8th rating on defense. This is good enough for 6th in the NBA.
Coach Brad Stevens is no stranger to adjusting his lineup with having his college recruit from Butler on the floor. The logical option will be the defensive guru Marcus Smart to slide into the starting lineup. However, they have seen a dip in their offensive numbers with him in the lineup, while their defense has, for the most part, remained steady.
This also presents an interesting dilemma concerning the minutes of Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown. Do you simply increase their minutes respectively? This could impact their level of play with more offensive workload being expected on the two young stars. Either way, the Celtics have some adjusting to do. Luckily, they have one of the best, bright young coaches in the league to do so.
The Celtics will return to the floor Wednesday night to take on their divisional rival Philadelphia 76ers as they currently hold a 1-0 lead in their series.
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