Gordon Hayward Said First Celtics Playoff Appearance “Felt Great” – Postgame (Full)

    Gordon Hayward addressed the media after his first playoff game as a member of the Boston Celtics.

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    TD GARDEN — Gordon Hayward was thrilled to suit up for the playoffs for the first time in nearly two years, and his first time as a member of the Boston Celtics.


    After waiting almost 2 years for this, how did it feel to finally step out there?

    “It felt great.  Especially, because we got the win.  What do I have to say, it was fun out there.  To be out there with my teammates; it was a very good feeling.”

     

    Re: After having roughly a week off, any rust in the first half

    “I don’t know about rust, probably a little anxious for sure.  I mean it’s the first playoff game so we’re definitely a little anxious.  Credit them, they played really tough defensively, didn’t really get very many easy shots for us.  So, everything was difficult.  They had a good game plan.”

     

    What was the difference in the 26-8 third quarter?

    “I thought we did a really good job guarding and being physical.  Making them, same thing, making all their shots difficult.  We had a couple breakdowns at the end of the half but for the most part, I thought we were pretty solid defensively.  If we guard like that, we didn’t play very well on the offensive end.  We still gave ourselves a really good chance.”

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