Celtics coach Brad Stevens said forward Gordon Hayward is no longer on a minutes restriction, even on the second night of back-to-backs.

Hayward, who played a season-high 39 minutes in the Celtics’ 123-116 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday, was a full go in Boston’s matchup against the Jazz on Saturday.

Stevens said he didn’t have to think about whether leaving Hayward in late against the Raptors made sense minutes-wise. His only focus was on whether it made sense basketball-wise, and Stevens determined it did.

Hayward, who finished a team-best plus-18, buried two clutch free throws in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime. He then hit two more free throws and a jumper in the first minute of OT, helping the Celtics pull away.


His previous high was 31 minutes, and this was another positive step in his journey back.


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