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Gordon Hayward's stat line vs. Wolves was among rarest in NBA history

Gordon Hayward's stat line vs. Wolves was among rarest in NBA history

Gordon Hayward's coming out party in Minnesota also was one for the record books.

The Boston Celtics forward dropped a season-high 30 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists in a 118-109 win over the Timberwolves, earning himself a Gatorade bath as a result.

Hayward put up that gaudy stat line despite coming off the bench, accomplishing a feat never before done in Celtics history.

But the most impressive part of Hayward's night? He put up those numbers in just 29 minutes.

And get this: Since 1946, only two other NBA players have tallied at least 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 30 or fewer minutes, according to Basketball Reference.

You may have heard of them: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook. 

Hayward was incredibly efficient Saturday night, going 8-for-16 from the floor and hitting four of his five 3-point attempts while serving as an effective facilitator.

It was a performance Celtics fans had yet to see from the former All-Star, who has taken some time to reacclimate to the speed of an NBA game after missing all of last season with an ankle injury.

Hayward's full potential was on display Saturday night, though, and C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was among the many who liked what they saw.

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Terry Rozier takes shot at "lame" Joel Embiid before Celtics-Sixers

Terry Rozier takes shot at "lame" Joel Embiid before Celtics-Sixers

Terry Rozier has the Philadelphia 76ers in his crosshairs -- with Joel Embiid as his primary target.

The Boston Celtics guard already stirred the pot ahead of Wednesday's Celtics-76ers game in Philly by shushing a Sixers fan Monday night on Twitter. On Tuesday night, he'll apparently turn his attention to Embiid.

Here's a 30-second preview clip from Rozier's appearance on FS1's "FAIR GAME with Kristine Leahy," a 30-minute, single-guest interview show that airs Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

 

Leahy asks Rozier the first word that comes to mind for Embiid. Rozier's response:

"Lame."

Care to elaborate, Terry?

"He just do a lot of talking," Rozier says. "I respect his on-court game; he just do a lot of talking."

There's an on-court history here: Rozier and Embiid got into a shoving match during Game 4 of last year's second-round NBA playoff matchup, prompting this postgame jab from Embiid about Rozier's height:

"He tried to punch me twice, but too bad he's so short that he couldn't get to my face."

Judging by this brief clip, Rozier hasn't forgotten that altercation or the Sixers star's comments.

The stakes already are high for Wednesday's game as Boston and Philly jockey for playoff position, but don't be surprised if things get extra chippy between the Atlantic Division rivals.

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Isaiah Thomas describes funny exchange with former Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown

Isaiah Thomas describes funny exchange with former Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown

When Isaiah Thomas isn't jabbing Jaylen Brown about cutting his hair, it appears one of the topics discussed between the former Boston Celtics teammates is if the young forward is capable of defending the veteran guard.

Thomas, who returned to TD Garden as a member of the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, caught up with a bunch of his former Celtics teammates, including Brown, Marcus Smart and others before tip-off. It was Thomas' first game action against Boston since the team traded him in 2017 to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving deal. 

After the Nuggets' win, the 5-foot-9 guard shared some of an exchange he had with Brown:

Would you expect Thomas to say anything different? His incredible confidence in himself is one of the reasons why he overcame the odds and turned into a really good NBA player. 

Injuries have slowed him over the last two seasons, though, and he was removed from the Nuggets' rotation last week, but Thomas remains confident that a return to All-Star form is possible.

"I just want a legit opportunity," Thomas told reporters before Monday's game. "Whatever the role may be, it's gonna be. I know I can play at a high level again. Given the opportunity, I can be an All-Star, I can be all-NBA, I can be all that because physically I feel great. But it's all about the opportunity. If I get an opportunity, I'm going to be ready for it and take full advantage of it. When this summer comes, I'll figure out what's the best opportunity and situation for myself and my family and then go from there."

Thomas will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and if he can impress in the limited role he's expected to play for the remainder of 2018-19, it's certainly possible a number of teams could have interest in signing him over the summer.

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