Gordon Hayward's recovery catching up with his cleverness - Watch out!
Gordon Hayward's game is still a roller coaster - up one game, down the next. In the win over the Hornets last night, his contribution on the surface was not spectacular by any measure - but a closer look is revealing.
Gordon's production was pretty solid, particularly compared to some duds he has had. In 23 minutes, he scored 12 points (50% FG), five boards, three assists, two steals and one block - with a plus/minus of +31.. But for last-game-played, he ranked 7th in Offensive Rating, 22nd in Defensive Rating and 3rd in Net Rating (63.3) - and that is out of 326 players. The following left-handed assist was a beauty. And the fake-out and score down low showed just how clever Hayward can be on the court.
Gordon Hayward has taken some deserved grief lately but this sequence — the steal followed by the lefty dime — was lovely. pic.twitter.com/JzB2H0oUB5
Coming back from his injury, Gordon has had to rely more on court savvy and cleverness to produce. Though still sporadic, his recovery is happening - and watch out when recovery is complete and Gordon displays all of the tools at his command.