Colin Cowherd reacts to Gordon Hayward’s devastating injury

Considering the injury to Gordan Hayward, Colin Cowherd analyzes which team had a better rebuild in the offseason: Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics?

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- Well, last night, you saw the terrible Gordon Hayward injury. Gross, sad, season-changing, you know, really, really daunting. I'm one of those people, like, I watched it once. That's enough. I can't watch the rest of it.

But let me just say this-- they didn't just lose Gordon Hayward last night. Because to get Gordon Hayward, they gave up Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk and Jae Crowder, and collectively, that's 60 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 assists. And now they don't have 22 and 6 from Gordon Hayward. You do not surrender that firepower.

If I told you you had a starting five of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Gordon Hayward, and Jae Crowder, that in itself is a playoff team. Today Boston has none of those players. That would be a playoff team in the East. It would be a viable team-- Isaiah Thomas, Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Gordon Hayward-- it'd be a viable eight, seven seed in the West. Boston has none of them.

Jaylen Brown looked good. It's his second year. Jayson Tatum from Duke is promising. He's 19. We have spent so much time watching this rebuild for Boston. It's been smart. It's been calculated. It's been fascinating. They're an iconic franchise. Then you add the drama of Gordon Hayward, which is so sad and so gutting.

Memo-- nobody's paying attention to what Cleveland did. They lost a superstar player, and I believe this morning Cleveland's roster is deeper, better defensively, certainly more flexible, and they're a better team. Look, they don't even have Isaiah Thomas yet.

Look at the six guys on this team that Cleveland will eventually have. These are their scoring averages last year. They didn't age overnight. Dwayne Wade averaged over 18 a game for totally dysfunctional Chicago. Derrick Rose averaged 18 games for totally dysfunctional New York.

LeBron, Isaiah, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Jae Crowder-- these are six big-time NBA veterans. MVPs, former MVPs, nearly MVPs, have hit game-winning shots in the playoffs. I'm not counting Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith-- starters on a Cleveland team that won the title. I'm not counting sneaky good Jeff Green. I'm not counting Jae Crowder.

Yes, the Boston rebuild has been discussed, and fun, and smart, and calculated, and really, last night, sadly, ugly, dramatic. Today it's irrelevant. Cleveland's a way better roster.

The new NBA has been established. You need three/four stars. LeBron, Kyrie, Love wins a title. KG, Pierce, Rondo wins a title. Durant, Steph, Klay, Draymond-- gonna win several titles.

Boston's not close. I didn't think they were good enough, and I said this before the season. I thought they'd be better at the end of possessions in games, but I didn't think they'd be as deep and I didn't think they'd be as good defensively. Now without Gordon Hayward, this rebuild for a year feels largely irrelevant. I don't think Boston's title-close.

We have become so interested in the rebuild, and I think a lot of it's Danny Ainge. A lot of it is the Celtics. Then you get the dramatic Kyrie over, then the dramatic injury. I watched Cleveland last night, and I feel without question this Cleveland team-- even without Kyrie-- much deeper, much more experience, much more flexible, much better defensively.

And that's without Isaiah Thomas yet, who will not average 29 for Cleveland. Who will probably average 22 for Cleveland. But as Charles Barkley said, what I believe-- before the game and before the injury, I like Cleveland-- it doesn't feel close now.

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