Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is assimilating to NBA action after recovering from a gruesome injury on opening night last season, and his play on the court during the preseason shows that Hayward is getting close to form.
For Hayward, everything he does, each time he does it, is making him more comfortable as he prepares for the 2018-2019 season.
“I think each time I do something new that I haven’t done, it definitely builds more confidence for me, just from a physical standpoint, knowing my leg is stable and is going to hold up,” Hayward said, according to NBC Sports.
“That was the first time I’ve [had a chase down block], so, there’s things that I haven’t done yet. I haven’t had to chase down anybody like in practice or anything, so in the game setting there’s definitely things I’m doing for the first time and figuring it back out. So I think if it just happens, that’s a good thing.”
“I did feel a little more comfortable out there,” Hayward continued. “I think it was great being in front of our own fans for the first time. That was a special feeling for me. Obviously, still have a lot of improve on. I think rust is there, for sure, for me, but it was Game 2 after not playing for a year, so it’ll come back.”
Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Addresses Trade Rumors
Ever since New Orleans’ Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis put in a trade demand rumors have been running non-stop about which teams, and which players, will be a part of his exit from New Orleans.
One player in particular, Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum, has been rumored to be a main piece in a potential trade that would land Davis in Boston.
Tatum, isn’t concerned with the constant chatter.
“And my response is always the same; control what I can control, I don’t take it personal. I understood coming in that it is a business. They have to make the best decision for them, whatever that may be. Especially right now; I can’t control it.” Tatum said, according to NBC Sports’ A.Sherrod Blakely.
“You learn pretty quickly that when you are under contract, you don’t have too much say-so,” Tatum said.
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Credits Team Meeting for Spark
The loss to Milwaukee back on December 21st was the Celtics’ 3rd in a row and dropped their record to 18-13 on the season.
“We could pinpoint a lot of turning points,” Irving said, according to Jay King of The Athletic.
“We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another (after the Bucks loss), really put everything out there and then move on from that point. At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren’t at rock bottom, but we needed to address some shit in this locker room. It’s just good to get stuff out in the air.”
Irving believes in this team’s chances this season, despite the early struggles.
“We’re not on a good team, we’re on a great one,” Irving said. “We have the talent to be great.”
Celtics’ Aron Baynes Out 4-6 Weeks After Surgery
Baynes broke his hand during the Celtics’ recent loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Baynes has posted 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for Boston this season.
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