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Celtics’ Grant Williams claims the ‘aggressiveness is back’ for Gordon Hayward

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Boston Celtics rookie Grant Williams says Gordon Hayward is starting to look like himself again.

Hayward decided to stay in Boston this summer so he could be with the Celtics’ coaching and training staff instead of training in San Diego like he did in the past.

Williams claims the “aggressiveness is back” for Hayward, who is trying to regain his All-Star form after having a disappointing 2018-19 campaign for the Celtics:

Last season, Gordon Hayward averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free-throw line. The Celtics swingman didn’t have the year he thought he was going to have, but we have to remember Hayward was coming back from that gruesome ankle injury he suffered in 2017-18 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night.

Hayward will be two years removed from the injury this upcoming season, so he should be more explosive and comfortable on the court. For the Celtics to make a deep postseason run in 2019-20, they will need Hayward to be a consistent scorer.

Boston drafted Grant Williams with the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft. He averaged 18.8 points per game last season at Tennessee. The 6-foot-7 forward is hoping to make an impact in Boston’s rotation next season.