Are the Boston Celtics NBA Finals dreams done without Gordon Hayward? | The Tylt
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward suffered a (NSFW) gruesome injury in the team’s season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hayward was one of the key acquisitions made by the Celtics in the offseason, and his absence will doom Boston in its quest to reach the NBA Finals. The team also acquired Kyrie Irving in the offseason, and his skill mixed with Brad Stevens coaching should be enough to carry the Celtics to a successful season. What do you think? 🍀 🏀
Are the Boston Celtics NBA Finals dreams done without Gordon Hayward?
Boston was supposed to be contending for a spot in the NBA Finals. Now their place in the NBA is uncertain without Gordon Hayward. The former Butler star was supposed to lead the Celtics with Kyrie Irving to contend with Cavs for an Eastern Conference title. But without Hayward, they will be without a key player. Could this be a curse? Here's Ben Porter from Chowder and Champions with more:
This injury confirms what I already knew but was afraid to believe. That trading Isaiah Thomas put a curse on Boston sports. I pray that I’m wrong and understand any hatred you may feel towards me, but I had to say something. Brace yourselves, folks, for the night is dark and full of terrors.
Gordon Hayward is not the only player on the Boston Celtics. He is a key part that would've been great to have for the season, but the team made it to the Eastern Conference Championships without him last year, and they can do it again this year.
Not only does Boston have a closer in Kyrie Irving, the team has Jaylen Brown (who finished with 25 points against the Cavs), 2017 No. 3 overall draft pick Jason Tatum and Marcus Smart to pick up enough slack to help the team get to the NBA Finals. Here is ESPN's Chris Forsberg with the optimistic outlook:
Without Hayward, the path to Boston's loftiest goals got decidedly more bumpy. But this team is no less intriguing, and the development of its youngest players in Hayward's absence could accelerate its ability to be truly competitive further down the road. The buzz is not gone in Boston.