Gordon Hayward Is Open to a Bench Role with the Celtics

Doug Mendoza
November 17, 2018

In eight October games, LaVine compiled averages of 28.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest on 51 percent shooting overall and 38 percent from downtown.

There is no need to truly be anxious about the Celtics right now.

With Brown and Hayward on the floor to balance the bench energy of Semi Ojeleye, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart to start the second quarter the Celtics took control on 3-pointers from Smart and Brown before Tatum returned for a 3-pointer and 37-30 lead with 4:49 on the clock.

In the seven games the Bulls have played in November, LaVine is still averaging over 23.4 points per game, but he's shooting 36.8 percent from the field and just 24.4 percent from 3-point range.

"Coming into the season we were all expecting that we would just kind of take over", said Al Horford, who scored 10 points with eight rebounds in just 20 minutes, "and we're very unsafe".

After stumbling to a 1-4 record on the longest trip of the season, the Celtics put all five starters in double figures in a 111-82 victory over the Bulls Wednesday night.

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The Celtics gave up 48 points to Jamal Murray in a 115-107 loss to Denver, 38 points to Devin Booker in a 116-109 overtime victory over Phoenix and 27 points to Joe Ingles in a 123-115 defeat by Utah on Friday night. Boston will need all the help it can get if it reaches the championship round, especially considering it likely would be squaring off with the vaunted Golden State Warriors.

"One of the toughest things to do in this league is to come off a road trip, good or bad, and play well in front of the home fans", Irving said.

Boston is ranked first in defense in the National Basketball Association. The shot feels good in practice and looks good and for whatever reason in the game, they're in and out. He acknowledged that he is off to a slow start as he works his way back from a devastating leg injury.

"It comes to getting punched in the mouth a few times, and then we come out and clearly we outmatch teams at dang near every position", he said. Kyrie Irving, their best player, seems to agree with that sentiment and during a post-game interview talked about how a 14-15 year veteran on the team would be beneficial right now. In fact, he's open to anything that will help the team win. There's still a lot of games left to be played.

"We were prepared. I think that we've been prepared other games but we've got to match that with the attitude and effort to execute on both ends", Irving said.

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