Gordon Hayward is now back with the Boston Celtics and this time around playing in a NBA Preseason opener.
One of the big fish during the 2017 NBA free agency, Hayward opted to sign with the Celtics to reunite with his former Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens.
In the opening night of the 2017-18 NBA season where they visited LeBron James and then the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers, Hayward fell awkwardly and broke his ankle. That injury is now considered one of the gruesome injuries happen in the league.
Tonight, that incident is just a bad memory as Hayward working hard to fit-in to a squad that he supposed to be leading them in the promise land last season after signing a $128 million max multi-year contract with the Boston Celtics.
Hayward’s first attempt to score was a mid-range jumper and it went short. The rust is evident from a one-time All-Star. His first converted basket came from a Jayson Tatum missed lay-up where he successfully made a follow-up.
Hayward also converted a pull-up three-pointer in the second half. A skill which probably everyone is expected him to improve this season considering that is the area he works on during his rehab period.
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The 6’8 forward finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and dished out one assist in 23 minutes of basketball action.