NEW YORK — A few weeks ago, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said there would no be pre-planned days off for Gordon Hayward, despite him missing all but five minutes of last season with a broken leg and dislocated ankle.
Saturday’s off night against the New York Knicks wasn’t planned for Hayward. After he logged 24 minutes and scored 14 points in the Celtics’ loss Friday to the Toronto Raptors, Hayward woke up Saturday with soreness and was scratched.
Aron Baynes started at center against the Knicks, giving the Celtics their first big starting lineup of the season with Al Horford moving to power forward. Hayward was with the team and worked out before the game but will get two full days off before Monday’s home game with the Orlando Magic.
Hayward looked as adjusted and comfortable as he had since his return, scoring 8 points in 13 second-half minutes along with five rebounds.