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    Is Gordon Hayward Finally Progressing with Celtics?

    Are we starting to see the Hayward of old?

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    The Celtics are playing their best, most complete basketball of the season right now. They have won 13 of their past 15 games, highlighted with a win in Philadelphia without Kyrie Irving or Aron Baynes. The two losses to the two Los Angeles teams sting, no question. But to paraphrase Brad Stevens: Good teams lose tough games. It’s how they bounce back from those that really matter. And Boston’s win against the Sixers is exactly what Brad was looking for.

    Celtics Relying on Hayward More?

    Ask anyone: The C’s success in the playoffs is riding on the shoulders of Gordon Hayward. It’s a lot to ask of a guy coming off one of the most gruesome injuries you could possibly suffer on a basketball court, but Boston will not make it to the NBA Finals without him. He needs to be a big part of what they do on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he’s a floor-spacer and a facilitator. Defensively, he’s the switch-heavy wing the C’s need to match up with the NBA’s elite.

    Recently Gordon has looked more comfortable in the Celtics offense. In the month of February Gordo is averaging almost 15 points per game on 57% shooting from the field and 52% from 3 point range, all season high’s. Unlocking his offensive potential has to be a main priority for Boston the rest of the season. The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA (when they are focused). Offensively they still have some work to do and Hayward can clear up a lot of the problems that still plague this team.

    Adam Kaufman welcomed Sporting News’ Sean Deveney to Celtics Beat this week to discuss Gordon, his health, and more. Deveney broke some news this week surrounding the Kyrie Irving drama in Boston:

    “The Celtics were annoyed by the story of Irving having eyes for New York, not because of Irving, but because they felt the story was planted by Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, in order to scare the Pelicans into thinking Boston would back off making a trade offer for Davis in July if Irving left.”

    The duo chats about the progress of Boston’s young wings and what an Anthony Davis trade package looks like. Finally the two wrap up with the damage that agent Rich Paul has done to the rest of the NBA.

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    TOPICS:

    8:52 Is Morris trying to take a leadership role?

    14:00 Brad and Danny deserve some of the blame

    22:25 Hayward is showing REAL progress

    27:31 Celtics are not better without Kyrie

    29:51 How much damage has Rich Paul done?