The recently signed small forward Gordon Hayward has suffered what seems to be a devastating leg injury within the first quarter of Tuesday’s NBA Opening Night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hayward seemed to be coming off of a backside screen, roaring towards the basket, which caused him to land awkwardly on his left leg. Before the injury, Hayward managed 2 points in five minutes of play. It was announced just moments after his injury that Hayward was being transported to a nearby medical facility.
The next morning, it was concluded by head coach Brad Stevens that Hayward was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle, as well as a fractured fibula. No timetable for his return has even been thought about, as surgery will likely be the first step.
While it’s too early to tell at the moment, Hayward will likely miss a large of chunk of time for the Celtics. Averaging 22 points and 3.5 assists per game last season, Boston will be forced to rely on their younger talent to put up results.
Subbing in for Hayward was Marcus Smart, who has endured delayed contract extension talks with the Celtics. With the injury occurring, where will Boston go from here?
As more updates come in, The Athletes Hub will provide more details.