Things could not have started any worse for Gordon Hayward and the Celtics this season.
Midway through the first quarter, Hayward cut back door to receive an alley-oop from Kyrie Irving. After lifting off, there was some midair contact and Gordon came down hard on his leg. After the dust settled, it was revealed that the small forward had actually broken his leg/ankle in a gruesome injury akin to that of Kevin Ware or Paul George.
Quicken Loans arena fell silent as Hayward was attended to, and almost instantly, prayers started flooding in from Gordon’s NBA colleagues.
LeBron gives Gordon Hayward some words of encouragement following his injury. pic.twitter.com/VW4HDDoP2k
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 18, 2017