A few statistics on Gordon Hayward may help critics "come to their senses"
2016-17 Season (Utah): 21.9 PPG - 5.4 RPG - 3.5 APG - 47.1% FG - 84.4% FT
2019-20 Season:(Boston) 17.6 PPG - 6.5 RPG - 4.4 APG - 51.6% FG - 86.0% FT
I imagine this is an average day for Gordon Hayward https://t.co/02XOALzSFF— Sam ☘️🐐 (@S_Scott019) January 12, 2020
It is amazing to see how quickly Celtics fans turn on Hayward after one bummer of a game, such as last night's 128-123 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Gordon scored only seven points in 32 minutes of action and was missing almost every shot he took. He came away shooting a putrid 1-of-10 from the field and 1-of-9 on treys. But I quickly remind my readers that he is at 51.6% FG - a career-high - for this season. Erratic shooting can plague any NBA player - at any time - even the true marksmen.
Jayson Tatum had the best game of his life on a night where Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward also played. But remember, have to trade Gordon because he's holding them back!— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) January 12, 2020
Don't totally believe in your senses. As Scrooge said in A Christmas Carol, "a little thing affects them." The eye test may be flawed. Poorly-based bias can set in. I go to numbers in these matters. They don't tell the whole story, but numbers don't lie.
Gordon Hayward is having a fine season, but the naysayers come out of the woodwork after a bad game. The numbers tell us that Gordon's present season in Boston is damn close to what he had in his 2016-17 All-Star campaign in Utah. With the trade deadline 20 days away, many fans would send him away in a heartbeat. The Ghost of Christmas Past took Ebenezer Scrooge back in time to bring him back to the fine realities of the world. I have brought my readers back several seasons - and hopefully helped them "come to their senses".
For those that "have taken leave of their senses" and gone after Gordon Hayward after his off-shooting night, my article is imminent.— Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) January 17, 2020
Oh, l haven't taken leave of my senses, Bob. - https://t.co/aXWp6swrXZ https://t.co/iapdtU80pL
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