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Gordon Hayward says he hopes Celtics will ‘choose’ to play great again vs. Kings

Gordon Hayward, Celtics, Kings

On Tuesday, the Boston Celtics brought forth arguably their best performance of the season after humiliating the defending champs, the Golden State Warriors, with a final score of 128-95. Speaking after the monumental victory, Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was pleased with the result but had already shifted his focus to the team’s next matchup against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Hayward seems to be implying with his statement here that playing this way is a matter of choice for the Celtics. The team have had an up and down year, and apparently, the 28-year-old firmly believes that his team’s attitude and psychological approach to ballgames have played a pivotal role in their season thus far.

After a breakout campaign last season, the expectations were extremely high for the C’s this year, especially since they were going to be in full force, with Hayward and Kyrie Irving returning from injury. Unfortunately, the team have not been able to reach the high bar that was set, and chemistry and conflicts within the team were identified as the major culprits.

In this regard, Hayward may be speaking truthfully here. As evidenced by their demolition job on the Warriors, the Celtics can definitely match up with the best of them. Perhaps it is indeed just a matter of choosing to play hard and with the right attitude.

For his part, Hayward will also want to choose to have a repeat of Tuesday’s amazing performance, as his 30-point, seven-rebound, four-assist effort (along with a +32 +/- rating) definitely stands out as one of his best in a Boston uniform.