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.”
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Hayward, 29, had been showing signs of a return to form of late, so the injury comes at a bad time.
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