According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, an unnamed Golden State Warriors player described Hayward as a "liability" after Saturday night's win over the Celtics. "Pretty lucky? I don't know what that means, in terms of just forcing them into tough shots, I mean, they could have made them". I think the league is better this year than it's been in a long time.
The Warriors also recorded the 300th career coaching win for their manager Steve Kerr. An All-Star two years ago in Utah while averaging almost 22 points a game, Hayward is averaging just 10.8 points a game this year while shooting just.420 from the field and.317 on 3-pointers.
Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic posted his seventh triple-double of the season in his return from a one-game suspension and the Nuggets beat the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers. It's the third time in five seasons the Warriors have ended an opponent's 10-game home winning streak.
"Now you got a good young team, they're looking for something to cheer for".
Kerr was impressed by the Celtics, who lost 115-111 to reigning National Basketball Association champions the Warriors on Saturday.
The 76ers gave leading scorer Joel Embiid the night off, robbing fans of a Jokic-Embiid showdown but allowing their star to get a six-day midseason break before their next game on Tuesday night against the Lakers in Los Angeles.
The Celtics maintain the party line that they'll need the old Hayward to arrive by the end of the season to have their best shot at a title.
Kevin Durant led the way with 33 points and 9 rebounds.