Morning sports update: Celtics say response to Hayward injury was ‘NBA at its best’

“For something that was that traumatic, people really leaped into action. And I think it’ll pay off in the long run in his recovery."

Gordon Hayward Injury
Gordon Hayward's ankle was reset on the court, according to ESPN. –AP Photo/Tony Dejak

The Celtics lost the home opener last night, falling 108-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks. Gordon Hayward’s video message to the team was played on the video screen for the TD Garden crowd.

Here are a few other stories from around the New England sports world:

Mutual response to Hayward injury showcased “the NBA at its best”: In the wake of Gordon Hayward’s terrible injury only minutes into the new NBA season, one of the few silver linings was the fully committed response of the training and medical staffs from both teams.

“It was well handled by Cleveland and it was well handled by our staff,” Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said afterward. “For something that was that traumatic, people really leaped into action. And I think it’ll pay off in the long run in his recovery. It was the NBA at its best.” (Boston Globe)

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Bruins’ Rask injured by collision during practice: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had to leave team practice on Wednesday after he was on the receiving end of a collision with teammate Anders Bjork.

“It was a fast play, don’t really know what happened, lot of bodies there,” said Bjork. “It’s really unfortunate that that happened, but I hope he’s OK. Just wish I would have held up there but the game happens so fast sometimes it just happens before you can think.” (WEEI)

Will the Red Sox be better with Hanley Ramirez on the roster in 2018? Having recently had surgery on his left shoulder, Hanley Ramirez is optimistic about a stronger season in 2018 than the one he just concluded.

Yet with the Red Sox entering an important offseason of choices, will the team decide to keep the 33-year-old slugger? (Boston Globe)

Umpire admits he was “dead wrong” in call that resulted in Joe Maddon’s ejection: For the second time in the NLCS, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected. In the latest instance, it was because a call that was originally ruled to be a strikeout by Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson was reversed without usage of video review.

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“I talked myself into the whole thing,” said plate umpire Randy Wolf afterward, admitting he’d been “dead wrong.” (ESPN)

Daily highlight: Roma forward Edin Dzeko tied a Champions League game against Chelsea on Wednesday with this gem of a volley: