Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward was forced to leave Tuesday’s season opener against the at Quicken Loans Arena with a fravtured left ankle less than six minutes into the game
Losing Hayward for an extended stretch would be devastating after the team signed him to a four-year, $128 million deal this offseason.
The 27-year-old joined the Celtics after the best year of his career with the Utah Jazz,where he earned his first All-Star berth while setting new personal bests with 21.9 points and 5.4 assists per game. He also showcased impressive efficiency with a 53.6 effective shooting percentage.
With Hayward sidelined, the Celtics figure to turn to their young pair of No. 3 overall picks, Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum, to fill the void.