Celtics fans have a lot to be excited about after Thursday’s win on the road against the Charlotte Hornets. Jaylen Brown returned to the lineup with 12 points and five rebounds after an illness caused the forward to miss the last three games. Gordon Hayward picked up right where he left off on Tuesday night, and his aggressiveness was back on display for all to see with his second double-double of 2019. And, most importantly, the 108-87 victory marks Boston’s sixth consecutive victory.
After a historic game against the Cavs on Tuesday night, Gordon kept producing for the Celtics. During the first quarter G-Time was shooting brilliantly, hitting six of eight shots for 14 points in his first 10 minutes of the game. He also added three first quarter assist to his stat line.
No. 20 finished the game with 20 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and six assists in a team-high 29 minutes of action.
What stood out most from Thursday’s game was G-Time’s continued offensive aggressiveness, which was perfectly showcased by this first quarter jam off of a beautiful Marcus Smart bounce pass.
“I think if I just go in with that mindset of trying to attack and be aggressive and make plays, then it will be good for us,” Hayward said. “I have to continue to have that attacking mindset, drive with confidence and taking what the defense gives me.”
Gordon credits having a full summer of training the way he typically has throughout his NBA career for his hot early start to the season with the Celtics. His confidence and aggressive mindset has been on display early and often this season, which will only benefit the team and Gordon’s teammates as the season progresses.
Jayson Tatum was able to match G-Time’s offensive success in the second half to help the Celtics extend their lead and ultimately pull away with the victory. Tatum finished with 23 points and 9 assists in another steady offensive performance.
Kemba Walker was able to log 14 points in what was an emotional return to Charlotte, where Walker spent the first eight seasons of his NBA career.
“It was a special night. If I could do it all over again, I would,” Walker said of the return to his former home court.
The C’s (6-1) will look to extend their winning streak to seven on Saturday afternoon when they travel to San Antonio (5-3) to battle the Spurs. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. ET.