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Gordon Hayward stretchered off court after suffering fractured left ankle

Ty Anderson
October 17, 2017 - 8:29 pm

Just five minutes and 15 seconds into his Celtics debut, with the Celtics leading 12-9, Gordon Hayward went down with one of the most gruesome looking injuries you’ll see, and has been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle, according to the Celtics. 

It was on an attempted alley-oop from Kyrie Irving that Hayward tumbled down awkwardly on light contact from Jae Crowder and LeBron James in mid-air, and with his ankle appearing to bend the complete wrong way, when play was quickly stopped.

After what was a tense few minutes, with players from both sides kneeling and hugging in concern, the 27-year-old Hayward was taken off the court on a stretcher.

According to the NBA on TNT broadcast, Hayward then underwent further evaluation in the Cavaliers' locker room. It was there that Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, who was involved in the summertime pitch that brought Hayward to Boston before he was traded to Cleveland, joined Hayward in the locker room, according to a report from ESPN. 

LeBron James, who tried to comfort Hayward before he was taken off the court on a stretcher, also went back to the locker room to check on Hayward.

It was midway through the second quarter that Hayward was finally transported from the Cleveland locker room.

The Celtics signed Hayward to a four-year, $128 max contract in July after Hayward set a career-high in points per game (21.9) and shot a stellar 47.1 percent with the Jazz last year.

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