Gordon Hayward's wife shares she hasn't slept for 41 hours

Lawrence Cooper
October 22, 2017

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season after he underwent surgery Wednesday night to fix a dislocated ankle and fractured left tibia.

Stevens said the Celtics will begin looking at how best to fill Hayward's vacancy, including a potential roster addition.

Hayward underwent surgery for a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia at New England Baptist Hospital around the same time that the Celtics tipped off against the Bucks at TD Garden on Wednesday evening, which was confirmed by Celtics coach Brad Stevens after the game, and actually appeared on the Garden jumbotron with a video message for the Garden crowd (who went wild seeing him on screen).

Gordon Hayward's Boston Celtics career got off to the worst start imaginable.

On Tuesday, Hayward suffered a gruesome injury just five minutes and 15 seconds into Boston's season opener against the Cavaliers.

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"What's up, everybody? I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers", Hayward said.

"I'm not going to speculate or put a timeline on it", he told reporters Thursday. The team will be cautious to bring him back too fast, but I think he could by the end of the season. Hayward joined an unfortunate collection of athletes including Shaun Livingston, Paul Goerge, and Kevin Ware, among others, where the injury is so disturbing, so upsetting, they put you at a loss for words. A guy who can put the ball in the basket for you.

If Hayward is out for the season, the Celtics can collect on insurance by getting back $275,000 per game for the 41 games missed.

"We'll see how that works itself out".

After playing his first seven years with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed a four-year, 128 million United States dollars contract this offseason to come to Boston, part of a near-complete roster overhaul for the team that finished first in the Eastern Conference last season.

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