Gordon Hayward's teammates looked for him last night - and he came through
In only 27 minutes, Gordon Hayward poured in 30 points on 75% from the field, 67% on threes and 100% from the charity stripe. He grabbed seven boards, passed off for four assists, got two steals and came away with a team-high plus/minus of +32. Aside from that, one stat stood out in Boston's 128-95 blowout win over Golden State.
Gordon's teammates were looking for him last night. Ten of his 12 field goals were assisted - four by Kyrie Irving, two by Marcus Smart, two by Terry Rozier and one-each by Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis.
Hayward scored in every way imaginable - 3-pointers, fadeaways, drives, floaters, dunks and layups. He was absolutely on fire. Gordon's comrades need some accolades in this road win. They piled up 38 assists - four more than the total of the Warriors' made baskets (34).
I have maintained that Hayward's physical recovery is fairly close to complete, but what is lacking is his self-confidence and a defined role with the team. What we saw last night is that Hayward has no specific role. He does everything, and when he is on his game, he is the ideal teammate. That is what his comrades saw last night. We hope to see more of that tonight against Sacramento.
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