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Gordon Hayward provides boost in return from hand injury

Celtics forward makes return after 13-game absence Monday in win over Cavaliers. We break down his fantasy basketball performance.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Having a huge comeback year for the Celtics, Gordon Hayward ($3,000) got thrown a bit off track when he fractured his hand against the Spurs at the beginning of November. He was averaging 25.9 points per game prior to the injury. The good news is that he was able to return in relatively short order and looks good in his first game back. The matchup against the Cavs isn’t a particularly tough one, which is why the Celtics were 14.5-point favorites. Hayward was relatively conservative in the first half, shooting just three shots, but draining two of them. He was able to get going a bit more after the break, finishing with a 14-5-4 stat line in 26 minutes. Hayward’s 27.25 DKFP make him one of the top values of the night.

Once again, the Cavaliers were unable to make a game competitive. They were coming off a 48-point loss to the 76ers and lost tonight by 22 in a game where starters didn’t play much in the second half. Cleveland didn’t get much production from anybody outside of Tristan Thompson ($6,000). He had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 33.25 DKFP. Jaylen Brown ($6,900) briefly left the game and went to the locker room just before the half when he got hit in the face by Kevin Love ($6,400). The injury didn’t end up being much of anything. Brown started the second half and finished with 34.75 DKFP.