Gordon Hayward shot 7 of 9 from the field and scored 20 points in the Boston Celtics’ 110-106 win over the Indiana Pacers to sweep the series.
“There’s nothing worse than sitting there and not be able to play in the playoffs especially. So to be able to be with my teammates, be a part of something like this where we got a chance to sweep the Pacers, after everything that happened last year, it makes it all worth it — no doubt. And it’s just the beginning for us. We still got a lot of work to do,” said Hayward.
Brad Stevens added that their patience with Hayward’s progress throughout the season is paying off in the playoffs.
“It’s been a long process to get back to where he probably feels as good as he does now. We knew that going in. We said all year [that] every 20 games he’s going to be a little bit better, and he was big at the end of the game tonight for sure,” said Stevens.