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Hayward fractures ankle in first appearance for Celtics

(The Sports Xchange) - New Boston Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left ankle when he was bumped in the air by LeBron James and fell with his leg pinned under him in the first quarter of the NBA’s season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Oct 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) sits on the court after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Hayward, 27, who signed a four-year, $128 million contract in the offseason with the Celtics, was trying to convert a lob pass from Kyrie Irving when he and James collided.

Hayward immediately called for help while his ankle was apparently dislodged.

The team later announced Hayward suffered a fractured ankle.

The Celtics huddled in prayer and new Celtic teammate Irving had to be consoled while medical personnel stabilized Hayward’s leg. He was carried off the court on a stretcher.

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