Hayward and Favors, both finishing up their third seasons in the league, have developed a good on-court chemistry in their two years together in Utah. Hayward said it's probably because they both have similar soft-spoken personalities and the same solid work ethic.
"He's easy to play with, you know, especially defensively, where he does a great job and that leads us to transition (baskets)," Hayward said. "On pick and rolls, he does a great job of finishing, and I think he can only get better and better.
"He's a quiet guy, he doesn't say too much, but he's a worker and a competitor, and I'm the same type of way. So we kind of bonded like that and I think if we put the work in, we can be pretty special."
THE SIXTH MAN: Hayward was very complimentary of Utah's home-court crowd this season, giving them much of the credit for how much better the Jazz record is at EnergySolutions Arena (30-11) compared with away from home (12-27).
"They've been tremendous," he said of the perpetually vocal Jazz fans. "You can look at our record and it shows that.
"For whatever reason, we haven't played well on the road, but we've played really well at home, and they're a big part of what we do."
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