Just over five minutes into his debut with the Boston Celtics, All-Star forward Gordon Hayward was taken off the floor on a stretcher after suffering a gruesome leg injury in Cleveland.

Both teams’ medical staffs examined Hayward and the initial diagnosis is a fractured ankle.

TNT’s Kevin Harlan immediately exclaimed, “Hayward broke his leg! Hayward has broken his leg! Hayward has broken his leg!”

WARNING: Graphic footage of Hayward suffering the injury.


Here was the Celtics’ huddle in the moments after the injury:

LeBron James reportedly went into the locker room to show support for Hayward.

The sharpshooting Hayward signed a four-year, $122 million contract with the Celtics over the offseason after spending the previous seven seasons with the Utah Jazz. The Celtics immediately increased from 15/1 odds to win the NBA title to 12/1 odds after signing him.

Hopefully Hayward will be able to make a full recovery this season.

UPDATE: Mike Gorman reports that he’s hearing Hayward does not have ligament damage, which would be very good news.


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