Players rally around Hayward after sickening injury on Celtics debut

Players rally around Hayward after sickening injury on Celtics debut

With just under seven minutes remaining in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hayward's leg bent as he landed awkwardly as he went up for an alley-oop pass from Kyrie Irving. "Hayward has broken his leg", legendary announcer Marv Alberts uttered on the TNT broadcast.

Harlan simply reacted to the play, and it was not an official diagnosis.

"Man, nothing but prayers to Gordon Hayward!" said DeRozan from his verified Twitter account. It is a awful turn of events given Hayward is making his Celtics debut after signing with Boston this off-season in free agency. The 27-year-old collapsed under the basket and looked in horror as his left foot was pointing outward.

Cleveland's crowd gave Hayward a roaring ovation as he left. Shell-shocked Celtics players huddled, with Kyrie Irving burying his head in the chests of teammates Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum.

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The injury to Gordon Hayward and the reaction from National Basketball Association players around the league proves the league players, coaches, and fans are all family at the end of the day.

Hayward was picked up in free agency this offseason by the Celtics.

Hayward spent the past six seasons with the Utah Jazz before signing with Boston.

The Cavs' subsequent deal with Boston brought Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland to join James and two other new additions in former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose and veteran guard Dwyane Wade.

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