In 24 minutes tonight, Brendan Haywood had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Not earth-shattering numbers, but Haywood has never been a guy that filled up the stat sheet even when he was healthy, but he's always made an impact with this team. It's fitting that in his first game back that he led the team in +/- with a +13.
When he was on the team everyone else was anticipating screens much better and contesting more three pointers because Haywood is such a tremendous communicator on the floor. And even though you could tell he was still shaking off the rust, his on the ball defense led to three blocks and the alterations of several other shots inside.
It's been a while since he's been on the court and it will be a little while longer until he's back to 100%, but even in this reduced state Haywood showed why he's such an important part of this team.