Gordon Hayward Suffers Broken Leg In Celtics Debut

Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured ankle in the Celtics' season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday night after jumping for a pass and landing awkwardly on his foot

Boston Celtics off-season addition Gordon Hayward is not expected to return this season after sustaining two major injuries in the team's season opener, Hayward's agent told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hayward was only a few minutes into his Celtics career when he landed awkwardly on the floor, causing his ankle to end up in a disfigured form enough to elicit pained reactions from spectators and fellow players alike.

"He's feeling down", head coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to Wednesday's 108-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden.

On Tuesday, Hayward suffered a gruesome injury just five minutes and 15 seconds into Boston's season opener against the Cavaliers.

"So the doctors here have looked at it, our doctors have looked at it, and we'll know a lot more (when) he goes straight to the hospital when he gets home". "We are bringing [rookie] Jabari Bird back and using one of his [G-League] two-way days today".

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Stevens noted how his players' thoughts are on Hayward. A guy who can put the ball in the basket for you.

And it appears Hayward's season is over.

Fans who never got to see Hayward in a Celtics uniform lined up before Wednesday night's game to sign a banner imploring him to get better and "come back stronger than ever" from the injury.

Hayward - one of the most underappreciated players in the National Basketball Association over the last several years with the Utah Jazz - signed a four-year, $128 million deal with the Celtics over the offseason, and was viewed as the potential missing piece to help the Celtics get past LeBron James and the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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