Gordon Hayward didn’t make a welcome go back to Utah.

Enjoying his first sport in Salt Lake Town since leaving as a loose agent in the summertime of 2017, Hayward used to be loudly booed whilst warming up pregame Friday evening, once more throughout participant introductions and each time he touched the ball for the Boston Celtics. He laughed off the boos earlier than the sport, however struggled along with his shot and completed with 13 issues within the Jazz’s 123-115 win.

Hayward used to be decided on 9th total by way of the Jazz within the 2010 draft and performed his first seven seasons in Utah. He signed a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics closing summer season best to damage his leg 5 mins into the primary sport.

“I more or less anticipated a few of that,” Hayward mentioned. “They had been booing me from the get-go, so it is a part of the sport.”

Hayward were given his first boos earlier than this one even began, listening to them every time he touched the ball throughout warm-u.s.and within the layup line. He seemed unconcerned or even smirked with teammates when the boos broke out.

“Even in warm-ups, I did not assume they had been going to boo, in order that used to be sort of humorous to me,” Hayward added. “However if you find yourself within the sport, you are now not fearful about that.”

With the sector complete simply earlier than tip-off, Hayward heard a thunderous refrain of boos from the group throughout participant introductions. A smattering then persevered every time he touched the ball within the first quarter.

Utah went proper at Hayward, working a number of early pick-and-rolls with heart Rudy Gobert at him. Hayward scored 4 issues on 2-of-Five capturing within the first part because the Jazz took a 58-51 on the smash.

Issues did not strengthen for Hayward in the second one part. He completed Three-of-Nine from the sector total and 1-of-Five from Three-point vary. Utah driven its lead as top as 20 in the second one part earlier than Boston were given again in it. Alternatively, the Celtics by no means were given nearer than 4 down the stretch and misplaced for the 3rd time in 4 video games.

Hayward didn’t discuss with the media earlier than the sport, and the Jazz did little to even recognize his go back. There used to be no tribute video of any sort right away earlier than or throughout the sport. Utah merely launched a short highlight clip on Twitter several hours earlier Friday afternoon.

Apply Matt Eppers on Twitter @meppers_.

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