Through two games, Hayward is averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Hardaway tied the score at 89-89 with 4:14 remaining. "You know, being from Jersey, and obviously envisioning myself as a free agent and ultimately taking a meeting and playing for [coach] Fiz and a great young core that they have here".
The Celtics are considered one of the Eastern Conference favourites but coach Brad Stevens said the Raptors were clearly better now and Boston needed to improve after Toronto's 113-101 victory Friday night.
On Saturday night, they were just good enough to beat the rebuilding Knicks.
Knicks: Coach David Fizdale said G Courtney Lee would see specialists Monday after experiencing neck spasms that went down into his chest. Knox stayed on the court briefly, appearing in pain, then was carried off by a pair of teammates.
With Knox immediately sent to the locker room, he was unable to shoot his free throws, thus disqualifying him of any chance to return to Saturday's game. His X-rays came back negative, per the team.
The Raptors rested Leonard on the second half of a back-to-back and third game in four days to open the season. The Celtics will rest Hayward as he continues to recover from the left ankle injury he suffered in last season's opener.