Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was stretchered off the floor in Cleveland after suffering a horrific-looking leg injury a little more than five minutes into his Boston debut Tuesday night. Hayward’s left leg bent awkwardly after he went up for an alley-oop pass, collided with LeBron James and collapsed under the basket with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
After the game — a 102-99 Celtics loss — Boston coach Brad Stevens said Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia. The team announced the injury as a fractured left ankle. Hayward was set to fly back with the Celtics to Boston on Tuesday night. He will go straight to the hospital when they land. According to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, Hayward will have surgery in Boston on Wednesday.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
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