Celtics coach Brad Stevens said forward Gordon Hayward is no longer on a minutes restriction, even on the second night of back-to-backs.
Brad Stevens says he was told Gordon Hayward is not on a minutes restriction, so last night, he didn’t even think about leaving him in. Coach just wanted to play who he believed would help us most in grabbing a win.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 17, 2018
Stevens said he didn’t have to think about whether leaving Hayward in late against the Raptors made sense minutes-wise. His only focus was on whether it made sense basketball-wise, and Stevens determined it did.
Hayward, who finished a team-best plus-18, buried two clutch free throws in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime. He then hit two more free throws and a jumper in the first minute of OT, helping the Celtics pull away.
His previous high was 31 minutes, and this was another positive step in his journey back.
Brad Stevens said no limitations for Gordon Hayward even on a back to back after playing 39 minutes last night.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 17, 2018