Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 3 Hrs
Hayward (illness) scored 24 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3P, 7-14 FT) with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in 36 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Thunder.
Aside from the uncharacteristically awful free throw shooting, Hayward also committed a season-high eight turnovers, so it's clear he wasn't feeling close to 100 percent. The Jazz don't play again until Saturday, so he'll have plenty of time to shake the bug out of his system.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 8 Days
Hayward (illness) will play and start Tuesday against the Thunder.
Hayward played through the illness on Saturday, scoring 12 points in 30 minutes. Considering he was able to go through basically a full games worth of work Saturday, it seems like a high possibility he should do the same again against the Thunder and notch around 35 minutes.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 9 Days
Hayward dealt with flu-like symptoms over the weekend but will play against the Thunder on Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Hayward felt symptoms Saturday during the game against the Raptors, but he managed to play through the ailment and spent 30 minutes on the court. The fact that he played Saturday while sick likely means that he'll hover around the 35 minutes per game that he's averaged this season Tuesday, especially since he's had two days to rest without playing any games.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 12 Days
Hayward scored an impressive 33 points (11-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 9-10 FT) to go along with three rebounds, six assists, and four steals during 38 minutes on the court against the Knicks on Friday.
Hayward continued to prove that he can contribute in all categories across the board during Friday's win over the Knicks. Coming into the season Hayward had been facing a steady decrease of his shooting average from the field which culminated with a lowly 41.3 percent last season. However, the implementation of new coach Quin Snyder's offense has bumped up the 24-year-old's average to an outstanding 49.6 percent this season so far.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 16 Days
Hayward scored 30 points (11-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes Monday against the Pacers.
Hayward continues to be an offensive force for the Jazz as he has scored at least 21 points in four of his last six games. Look for Hayward to continue to be a solid all-around contributor for fantasy owners this season.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 17 Days
Hayward scored a team high 17 points (5-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), to go along with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals in a game-high 39 minutes.
Hayward is having a big year to start off the season and doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon. He's currently putting up numbers in all categories, which has resulted in him returning top ten value to start the year. Hayward will eventually cool off some, but it's clear that he will remain a top option for the Jazz and fantasy owners going forward.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 21 Days
Hayward scored 21 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-7 FT), with seven assists, four rebounds and one block in 37 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Cavaliers.
Hayward had two huge plays in this game, with the biggest being the fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to win the game. He also had a block off the backboard against LeBron James that sent the crowd into a frenzy as well. Gordon continues to produce for fantasy owners, and he's a consistent starter without much question.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 23 Days
Hayward scored 27 points (10-19 FG, 5-12 3P, 2-2 FT) with seven rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes during Monday's loss to the Clippers.
It's his second straight big scoring night, and Hayward has 10 three-pointers over his last three games. He looks headed for the breakout season many have been predicting for him.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 28 Days
Hayward finished Wednesday's loss against the Rockets with eight points (3-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) eight rebounds, seven assists, and one steal during 38 minutes on the court.
Hayward had a disappointing shooting night despite contributing nicely in other areas like rebounds, assists, and steals. The story for Hayward over the last few seasons has been the decline in his shooting percentage which culminated with a career-low 41 percent last season. This likely stems from the fact that Hayward is the primary option on the Utah offense and is often delegated the responsibility of shooting the ball during the waning seconds of the shot clock. Seeing as how the Jazz were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season, the 24-year-old was often forced to take contested and hurried shots. The implementation of new coach Quin Snyder's offense may bring an end to this misfortune for Hayward, although Wednesday's 27 percent shooting from the field might suggest otherwise.
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 1 Month
Hayward has averaged 14.0 points, 1.4 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.4 blocks and 3.6 steals during 26.6 minutes of action over the stretch of five preseason games.
While still only the preseason, Hayward is displaying his ability to contribute in all categories under the newly implemented offense of coach Quin Snyder. Also a bright spot for the 24-year-old, he's shooting 50.0 percent from the field during those five preseason games. When considering he finished the 2013-14 season at 41.3 percent, any increase in percentage would be a welcome bonus to Hayward's value.