Gordon Hayward excited playing in front of C's faithful again

October 2nd of 2017 was the last time Gordon Hayward donned a Celtics jersey in TD Garden.

That was the last time C's fans saw Hayward on the parquet. 

Two days shy of a year later, Gordon's back, and he's excited about it:

The rust is understandable. This is the second time Hayward's been in a competitive game since October 17th of  last year. That naturally explains his 1-for-7 shooting and meager 4 points.

But, the former All-Star showed flashes of why he was the Celtics coveted free agent a year ago. That was highlighted by an impressive chase-down block:

...and lowlighted by the 5 fouls the swingman racked up during his 21 minutes. Here's what Stevens had to say about that:

Hayward and the Celtics take on the Cavaliers in Boston on Tuesday night. We'll see if Hayward plays and if he can find his shot before the regular season starts up in the middle of October.

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