Boston Celtics offseason acquisition Gordon Hayward’s debut with the team did not last long, and ended in gruesome fashion, when he suffered what looks to be a horrific leg injury in the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hayward cut to the basket looking to finish an alley oop, but when he landed, his leg seemed to just snap. When the camera zoomed in on Hayward, his foot was facing the wrong way, and it looked like a broken leg and/or ankle. This injury is not for the faint of heart, it is tough to stomach, and on Paul George in the Olympics or Joe Theisman getting hit by Lawrence Taylor level bad. You hate to see this happen to a good kid like Gordon Hayward, who was getting a fresh start in a new city, suffering an injury this gruesome in the season opener that will likely cost him this season if not longer. What else can you say in this situation? Get well soon Gordon Hayward, as a huge NBA fan, seeing such a devastating injury to a team that is expected to contend in the Eastern Conference on opening night is just horrible.
UPDATE: The initial diagnosis is Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured ankle, the doctors were able to set his bones right on the court, and obviously surgery will follow shortly.
UPDATE: Brad Stevens confirms Gordon Hayward has a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.