Boston Celtics

By Matt McCarthy,

Gordon Hayward certainly hasn’t returned to his all-star form as he comes off his leg injury in 2017, and it seems like at least one NBA player has noticed.

According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, an unnamed Golden State Warriors player described Hayward as a “liability” after Saturday night’s win over the Celtics.

“Gordon Hayward is not Gordon Hayward right now. He’s hurting them,” the player reportedly told Goodman. “He’s a liability on both ends of the court.”

Hayward had a rough night on Saturday. He played 22 minutes, scored only two points, went 0-5 from the field and was a minus-8.

Oct 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Gordon Hayward (20) puts up a shot while guarded by Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

There is no denying that Hayward has struggled at times as he tries to return from his injury. He has averaged 10.8 points per game, down from 21.9 in his last year in Utah, and is shooting 31.7 percent from three-point range, down from the nearly 40 percent of his shots he drained from beyond the arc in 2016-2017.

Goodman went on to say that the same anonymous Warriors player suggested the Celtics need a shakeup.

“From my standpoint, I think [the Celtics] need to make a move,” the player apparently told him.

The Green remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 30-19 record.

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