Gordon Hayward’s first season with the Boston Celtics might be over already as the small forward went down with a gruesome injury just minutes into their season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
Hayward was coming down from an attempted alley-oop from Kyrie Irving when his left leg appeared to snap and a closer look from the cameras showed his ankle bent just above his shoe.
Wishing a quick recovery to Gordon Hayward after suffering this gruesome injury in first game with Celtics pic.twitter.com/ZfFqJfKqxB
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Everyone on the court immediately knew something bad had happened with players from both teams dropping to their knees.
Kevin Harlan, who was on the call for the game for the TNT broadcast, said what everyone was thinking right after seeing it happen.
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“Oh my goodness. Hayward came down so hard. Hayward broke his leg. Hayward has broken his leg. Hayward has broken his leg.”
The Celtics huddled around their injured teammate during the injury timeout while murmurs echoed around the arena.
The Celtics huddle up after the Gordon Hayward injury
— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) October 18, 2017
Hopefully the Celtics star will have a quick recovery and eventually be able to get back on the court.