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.