Gordon Hayward’s Block-A-Thon in Wednesday’s loss was something else. From my vantage point at the TD Garden, I could see Hayward teeing up Keeyon Dooling’s fast break shot, and he did a great job of swatting the ball from behind.
But to follow that sweet block with an even better rejection of Avery Bradley made it a phenomenal play, very worthy of its Play of the Day status earned on NBA.com and its mention on ESPN’s “PTI” show.
Here’s the video (with commercial, sorry):
Coach Tyrone Corbin on Hayward’s defensive gem: “The hustle plays that he made with the two blocked shots in that series, that’s the way he is. He’s continued to grow and get better and understanding what it’s going to take for him to get to the other level playing in this league. He did a tremendous job tonight.”
Hayward on the play: “I was just trying to bring my team energy, just trying to make a play. I think we had a little momentum there, but we’ve got to keep pushing forward like that. We fought all the way back and it’s tough to keep going like that. So I was just trying to give them some energy.”