There were only about 30 seconds left to go before the worst shooting night of his career would be over, and Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward wanted to be the guy to inbound the ball, to try to find a teammate for a basket. Richard Jefferson stopped him and called a play. "I made him go to the paint and tried to get him another shot," Jefferson said. Hayward’s 1-for-17 shooting night Wednesday against the Pelicans was the worst in franchise history. Since 1984, only four other players have made just a single basket when attempting at least 17 shots in a game, according to BasketballReference.com. But his teammates weren’t bothered by his shot selection. "Gordon knows as soon as he catch it, if he’s wide open, he better shoot," guard John Lucas III said after the game. "He had a rough night tonight. Take a shower, wash it off and get ready for Dallas." Hayward struggled mightily. His shot clanked off the rim often, as it did when he pulled up for a shot in a one-on-four fast break when the Jazz could have held for the last shot of a quarter. Other times, he missed the rim entirely. His lone bucket came on a layup with 5:55 left in the first. Hayward leads the Jazz in scoring, putting up 18.2 points a night. But he’s shooting under 40 percent from the floor this season — below his career average of 44.5. On Wednesday night, he missed all eight of his attempts from 3, dropping him to 30 percent from beyond the arc this year, a full nine points off his career average.
Hayward’s teammates tell him to keep shooting
Salt Lake Tribune | Nov 22