"I love Hayward", the smiling ninth grade Fairfield Junior High School student said.
Hayward broke his ankle in Boston's first game last season and missed the rest of the year.
The 21-second Twitter video that the Jazz released earlier in the day didn't matter.
Utah Jazz fans were fired up Friday night. "I can't tell you how much it meant. And now: Game on". The Jazz won their second straight home game and second straight overall. So, it is no surprise Jazz fans went extra insane after the sophomore made a shot over Hayward.
We see these types of freaky fan dances often throughout the National Basketball Association season, but they're usually scripted and lame. "We've been having great practices, but we just didn't put it into the games". They have one in Rudy Gobert for his defensive impact that is at an elite level, but Jazz fans did not see Donovan Mitchell becoming the star they dreamed of after Hayward left them for Beantown.
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To be fair to Gordon Hayward, he's still working his way into game shape after missing 81 contests in 2017-18. They cut a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to just four points on four different occasions in the fourth quarter.
"I kind of expected some of that", Hayward said of the fan treatment. The Celtics gave up a season-high 35 points to the Jazz in the third quarter. He also briefly chatted with Jazz owner Gail Miller and several front office members.
Utah opened the third quarter on a 17-6 run.
Terry Rozier scored a season-high 22 points, making his first start in place of Irving, and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics.
As for the Celtics, they've now lost three of their last four games and sit a disappointing 7-5 through 12 games this season.
The star forward spent his first seven National Basketball Association seasons with the Jazz after they drafted him ninth overall in 2010. "I know everyone's excited to see her here so I just went into it looking to have some fun". He averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for Utah, but took the hostile reaction from Jazz fans in stride. Crowder had 20, and Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Utah finished with a 45-28 advantage on the boards. The boos rained down when Hayward picked up a rebound.