Jaylen Brown only need to look into the pudding for proof of an under-fire teammate’s worth.
The Boston Celtics guard dismissed a Golden State Warriors player’s assertion Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is hurting his team. Brown addressed the anonymous Warrior’s claim Tuesday night following Boston’s 128-95 blowout win over Golden State, in which Hayward came off the bench to score 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting and added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
“Well there you have it,” Brown said when asked whether Hayward was out to prove something Tuesday night.
Hayward’s outburst came after the Celtics’ first meeting with the Warriors since Jan. 27, when Golden State beat Boston 115-111 at TD Garden. After that game, the anonymous Warrior told CLNS Media’s Jeff Goodman he believes Hayward was hurting the Celtics, as he attempts to recover his pre-injury form.
In defending Hayward, Brown showed the same candor he did Monday when he described the Celtics’ environment as “toxic.” Only this time, the truth he spoke about the Warriors player’s claim wasn’t so painful to hear.