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Kyrie Irving thinks Gordon Hayward is passing too much

November 29, 2018 - 3:42 pm

It has been a frustrating return to action for Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, as he and the Celtics have struggled to open the 2018-19 season.

Speaking after practice on Thursday, Kyrie Irving shared what he believes Hayward's biggest issue is.

“Honestly, I think that he's passing a little too much for Gordon's potential and his talent,” Irving told reporters. “I think, coming up in the next few games, he'll be able to show some different things that he's been on for the start of the season. Just being more aggressive offensively and looking for his shot more.

“We had practice yesterday and I told him, 'Look for your shot more. Get aggressive and get yourself going because you are a great talent in this league and I don't want you to ever forget that,'” he said. “Of course, he does a great job of coming off the pick-and-roll and making those passes, but I want him to be aggressive and score the basketball for us as well because we are going to need it down the stretch.”

Hayward is averaging 10.1 points per game, which are his fewest since the 2011-12 season.