During the Celtics four day break from action Kyrie Irving pulled Gordon Hayward aside during practice and reminded him of the player he is, “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,” said Irving.
In Saturday night’s road game those words came into fruition as Hayward played his best game in a Boston uniform dropping 30 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. 16 of his 30 points came in the fourth quarter. After a win against the red-hot Minnesota Timberwolves the Celtics have managed to win three straight.
Over the last three games Hayward is averaging 22 points per game off the bench. Irving has emphasized how much the Celtics need Hayward to be more aggressive, “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,” said Irving.
Jaylen Brown Still out While Celtics are Rolling
Riding a three game winning streak Boston now find themselves in the sixth seed in the east, but what’s going to happen once Jaylen Brown returns from his back injury. Marcus Smart has been starting in place of the injured Brown, Marcus Morris has also been productive in the starting line-up scoring 16 points in the win against the Timberwolves.
With Boston now riding a wave of success we’ll see if they can continue it once Brown returns to the rotation. We also have to see when Brad Stevens will put all his chips in and go back to the original starting five of Irving, Brown, Hayward, Tatum and Horford. There’s still many holes the Celtics have to fill, but let us embrace the performance Hayward put up over the weekend.