Hayward recorded 25 points (8-21 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 39 minutes during a 121-95 loss to the Warriors on Monday.
Hayward scored at least 25 points for the third so far in the series, but it wasn't enough as the team's season came to an end as a result of the loss. He was the team's best player during the series, but struggled from the field, as he shot below 40 percent in three of the four losses. The second round had to be fairly disappointing for Hayward, considering he didn't have much help on the offensive end, and with his impending free agency looming, we'll see what happens with him.
Hayward posted 29 points (7-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 13-14 FT), six assists and two rebounds across 42 minutes during a 102-91 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Hayward was excellent for the second straight game in the losing effort, as he went for a team-high 29 points. His six assists marked his highest total of these playoffs as did the 14 free throw attempts. Hayward will likely need to put up a similar, if not better, effort if the team is going to continue its season after Game 4.
Hayward provided 33 points (11-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal over 40 minutes during Thursday's 115-104 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Hayward bounced back in spectacular fashion from a lackluster 12-point performance in Game 1, but it wasn't enough to propel his team to an upset victory. However, it was encouraging to see the Jazz's top scorer back to his typical levels of production after having shot just 26.7 percent (4-for-15) on Tuesday. The 27-year-old also put together an impressive first-round body of work against the Clippers, so his Game 1 stumble can be considered an outlier. He'll look to lead the way as Utah tries to bounce back in Game 3 at home on Saturday.
Hayward provided 31 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 10-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals across 42 minutes Friday in a 98-93 loss to the Clippers in Game 6 of the series.
The Clippers nearly ran away with the game after building their lead to 15 points with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter, but Hayward did his best to keep the final margin more respectable. He scored seven consecutive points for the Jazz during one stretch in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three, but Utah was unable to draw any closer than that. Hayward has eclipsed the 40-minute mark in both of his appearances since recovering from a bout with the stomach flu and figures to do so again as the Jazz look to steal the series on the road in Sunday's Game 7.
Hayward (illness) registered a team-high 27 points (9-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and two steals across 41 minutes in Tuesday's 96-92 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series.
Hayward returned with a vengeance after a bout of food poisoning resulted in him playing just nine minutes in Game 4. In addition to clearing 40 minutes for the third time in the series, Hayward paced the Jazz scoring attack and was able to capitalize on the open looks he received early in the contest. While Hayward indicated after the game that he was still a little weak coming back from the illness, it certainly didn't show in his numbers, which have been outstanding throughout the entire first round, save for Game 4. He should be in store for another hefty workload as the Jazz look to close out the series in Utah on Friday.
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