Gordon Hayward had a handful of effective plays under Boston Celtics' victory over Indiana Pacers on Sunday. But his main game of the day could have been one that didn't count.
Hayward raised a crowd for a two-hand dunk in the third quarter (video below). The officials whistled a mistake on Celtic's great man Aaron Baynes, but Hayward pulled away with a smile. Then he took the ball in isolation and drove to the net for purpose, even draining a bucket at Myles Turner in the fourth quarter . (It was a little revenge when Turner posted Hayward earlier in the game.) This bucket could probably help make room on the perimeter where he beat a 3-point dagger with three minutes left in the game.
With Hayward's help, Boston continued to sweep Indiana into their playoff series.
After shooting 7 out of 9 from the court and 3 out of 3 from three while scoring 20 points, Hayward discussed the game and the series in a postgame interview on the ABC court.
"It was a scrappy series, defensive series, physical series," Hayward said. "I'm fine. Anytime you 4-0 a team, you're fine."
Hayward's physical features in the game, especially on his thump, gave rise to optimism in Boston. Does he make his comeback at the right time?
Fans on Twitter seemed to believe in the star who has come back from a cruel ankle injury last year, is returning to great things.