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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