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COLUMN: Celtics will survive without Hayward

October 19, 2017

By Danny Picard

BOSTON — We don’t need any more analysis of Gordon Hayward’s gruesome leg injury.

It’s unfortunate, unexplainable, and tough to watch, even if you’re not a Boston Celtics fan.

But the show must go on. And with 80 more regular-season games ahead of them, this group will have to find a way to keep playing at a high level without Hayward.

With Hayward, the C’s entered the season having the third-best odds to win the NBA Championship, behind Golden State and Cleveland. Those odds have now obviously taken a hit. But certainly not to the point where the intrigue-factor has been totally lost.

The Celtics still have their best player, Kyrie Irving. They still have Al Horford. They still have “contract year” Marcus Smart. And they still have a pair of top-three draft picks, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, ready to make their impression on the league.

Hayward’s absence makes the Celtics a worse team, but it also opens the door for younger, less-proven players like Smart, Brown, and Tatum to play a more prominent role. All three should be motivated by the opportunity. And an opportunity they’ll most definitely have.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF MY COLUMN FOR THE METRO BOSTON NEWSPAPER.

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