Gordon Hayward left the Celtics’ season opener with a fractured left ankle

Less than halfway through the first quarter of the team’s season opener against the Cavaliers, Celtics forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left ankle after landing awkwardly while attempting to field an alley-oop pass from Kyrie Irving.

After the play Hayward immediately pointed to his leg, as staff rushed on court to address the injury. The 27-year-old exited the game on a stretcher with a full-leg brace to immobilize his knee and ankle. The TNT broadcast later announced that Hayward was going to be “transported from the locker room to another area of the arena.”

As their teammate received medical attention, the Celtics huddled together on the sideline. Both players and fans were visibly shaken at the injury’s apparent severity.

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Following the completion of the first quarter, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas both visited Hayward while he was still in the Cavaliers’ locker room. Windhorst later reported that Hayward was leaving the arena with the team’s assistant general manager Mike Zarren and co-owner Steve Pagliuca.

With 7:03 remaining in the second quarter, the TNT broadcast announced that Hayward had been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle. The Celtics confirmed his status on Twitter.

At halftime, the Cavaliers led the Celtics, 54-38. Following the injury, Cleveland went on a 23-9 run. According to ESPN’s Ben Fawkes, Boston’s title odds have also dropped from 10-1 to 20-1.

During the second half, the TNT broadcast announced that Hayward would be transported back to Boston.