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Gordon Hayward willing to accept bench role if it will benefit team

17 November 2018

Which brings us back to Hayward.

Hayward's gruesome leg injury kept him out for all but five minutes of last season, and he hasn't been able to return to his All-Star form.

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The Celtics are performing below expectations this season, and Gordon Hayward says he's willing to come off the bench to help his team find its rhythm. "I said it before the season, it's whatever to me", he told Bleacher Report. "You go through slumps", Hayward said.

"Sometimes it gets frustrating, but for me, I've played in the league long enough to know you just have to put in the work in practice and shoot with confidence, shoot your way out of it", Hayward said. The shot feels good in practice and looks good and for whatever reason in the game, they're in and out. Bell thinks that it could be due to how the Celtics are trying to integrate Hayward, and they talk about how to keep players happy in their roles.

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Hayward's struggles are resembling of the entire team, as the Celtics recently wrapped a western road trip in which they went a measly 1-4. But after the Celtics' 29-point win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, the star guard set the record straight about the point he was trying to make with his recent comments. Boston will need all the help it can get if it reaches the championship round, especially considering it likely would be squaring off with the vaunted Golden State Warriors.

In the 12 games he has played in, Hayward is averaging 9.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 39.6 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free-throw line. They are 7-6 overall and look like they don't belong anywhere near the NBA Finals, something that many people had them penciled in for before the season tipped off.

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Gordon Hayward willing to accept bench role if it will benefit team