Gordon Hayward's return will help Celtics the most in these four areas

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With Gordon Hayward set to return as soon as Monday, A. Sherrod Blakely identifies how he'll impact the Celtics the most.
BOSTON - With Gordon Hayward set to return possibly as early as Monday night's game against Cleveland, he'll be rejoining a squad that's playing great basketball which has them among the NBA's top teams.

But here's the thing.

Before suffering a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand which has been surgically repaired, Hayward and the Celtics were playing the best basketball of any team in the league.

Can they get back to where they were with Hayward?

If they do, look for Boston to make notable strides in the following areas of play.

OFFENSIVE OPTIONS

Now keep in mind, even when Hayward was healthy, the Celtics weren't exactly killin' the game with a ton of points or red-hot shooting.

What they did more than anything else was create a pick-your-poison scenario on a game-to-game basis for defenses.

While there's some element of that still around in his absence, there's no debate that Hayward's presence makes Boston a much more dangerous team to defend.

And upon his return, the Celtics will be even more dangerous, thanks to the emergence of Jaylen Brown, who has been delivering All-Star quality production with Hayward out, along with the solid contributions Boston has been getting all season from Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.

DEFENSIVE VERSATILITY

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