Hayward is getting the night off for the second game of a back-to-back as he continues his comeback from last season’s left ankle injury.
“I felt like I found a little bit of rhythm there in the second half,” Hayward said after the game. “It was a good start for me. Each game will be progress.”
Still, it wasn’t all good for Hayward, who suffered a gruesome left ankle injury five minutes into last year’s season opener missed the rest of 2017-18.
“There’s times where it still feels like I’m not playing like myself. I’m thinking too much out there,” Hayward said. “I felt like I was doing that in the first half a little bit.”
Following the Knicks game, the Celtics next play Monday against the Orlando Magic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.