Gordon Hayward is hurting the Celtics, according to one anonymous Warriors player.
The 28-year-old has been inconsistent this season after returning from a devastating leg injury and he scored just two points on 0-of-5 shooting in Boston’s 115-111 loss Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) to Golden State.
After the game, one Golden State player said the forward is “not Gordon Hayward right now” and “he’s a liability on both ends of the court,” according to NBA reporter Jeff Goodman.
Hayward began the season in Boston’s starting lineup but was moved to the bench in late November. He’s averaging just 10.8 points in 26 minutes per game this season.
The nine-year veteran is shooting 42 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from 3-point range in 2018-19.
Hayward left the Jazz and signed a four-year, $128 million contract with Boston in July 2017. But, he suffered the injury in Boston’s 2017-18 opener and missed the rest of the season.
“I think with each month I feel more comfortable,” Hayward told ESPN earlier this month. “Sometimes, I need to remind myself it’s good to even be out there, and to try to find the joy in just playing, (and) not get frustrated if things aren’t going exactly how I want them to.”
The Celtics dropped to 30-19 this season after falling to the Warriors. They’ll host the Nets on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).