Age: 28 Height: 6-8 Weight: 226 lbs School: Butler
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics were without four key players against the New Orleans Pelicans, with stars Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward all out for the game.
Big man Aron Baynes was also out with a sprained ankle Monday night. Horford
Five Boston Celtics including Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward will miss Monday night's game against New Orleans, but the Pelicans will have Anthony Davis in the startling lineup despite a right hip contusion.
If Gordon Hayward goes on to have an All-Star caliber season, Danny Ainge likely will point to a late-November practice as the catalyst for his turnaround. In an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" on Thursday morning, the Boston Celtics' president of basketball operations discussed some of the struggles that have plagued Hayward early in the 2018-19 campaign. "Gordon is overcoming a lot of different things," Ainge said.
Al Horford had just finished an on-court interview when he spotted a handful of teammates creeping towards Gordon Hayward, grins on their faces and cups of water in their hands. Horford knew what was coming so he excitedly beelined to the bench, grabbed the first cup he could find, and raced to join the pack that was about to douse Hayward following his monster night on Saturday in Minnesota. "When I was walking off I saw Marcus Morris -- I think he was probably the one that instigated [the decision to surprise Hayward] -- and some of the other guys, Semi [Ojeleye], Brad [Wanamaker], [Guerschon Yabusele], and they all had water and I was like, ‘Oh shoot,' and I ran over to get some.
Jaylen Brown's role has changed a lot this season as the Boston Celtics have integrated a healthy Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving into the lineup. Both Irving and Hayward missed significant time last season due to injuries, and Brown was able to flourish into a star in their absences.