That the Jazz were the opponent on the first game after ditching the protective boot was simply "happenstance". "Everybody stepped up", Rubio said.
"Makes it harder for me", Hayward said. "They kind of, like, took the life out of you in a way".
Jazz: G Raul Neto sat out his second straight game with a concussion.
The Jazz held a 46-39 lead at the half. He missed 11 games earlier this season with a knee bruise and also suffered a knee injury in last year's playoffs.
Celtics guard Gordon Hayward is open to playing this season, but said Friday it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle.
"My mind is open to that", Hayward said of the possibility of returning to game action before season's end.
Wednesday marked a milestone in Hayward's recovery process, when he was able to shed the walking boot he's been using since his surgery in October. "I went across the country three times, paying for my own private flight to get there as fast as I could". I'm confident the Cavs will be good enough to win this one at home, but I'll take the Jazz with the handful of points. "We'll see what happens".
Hayward reflected back on his free agency, which involved the leaking of his decision on the morning of July 4th that he attempted to walk back before his announcement that afternoon at The Players Tribune.
"No, I don't regret anything", Hayward said about his decision.
Favors got six stitches above his left eye on Friday, which forced him to leave the game early. "I'm just glad to be out there on the court", Johnson said before playing 15 minutes. "That's how I feel about that".
"It's hard sitting there and watching and not being able to play with the team, but, for me, I literally can only do so much before I cannot do certain things, just muscle-wise, rehab-wise. We hope that he's back soon". Morris has played in just 16 games this season while dealing with the injury and recently sought a second opinion on it.
In addition to the two Utah players, Boston's Daniel Theis left the game in the first quarter with a facial injury.
Derrick Favors (left eye laceration) "will probably attempt to play" in Saturday's game vs. Cleveland, according to Jazz reporter Tony Jones.