WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT. Gordon Hayward suffered severely broken ankle just over five minutes into his first game with the Boston Celtics.
The sound could be heard over the television broadcast and it was immediately obvious that Hayward had broken his leg just above his left ankle.
Hayward’s “foot looked to be at a 90 degree angle from his leg,” according to the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps.
The Celtics later reported Hayward suffered a fractured left ankle.
Hayward’s teammates and coaches huddled in prayer while several Cavaliers players looked away in shocked disbelief.
Hayward stayed on the court for several minutes before receiving a standing ovation from the Cavaliers crowd as he was removed off the court by a stretcher.
Both James and Isaiah Thomas visited Hayward in the locker room while he was receiving medical attention, according to ESPN.
Hayward later left the arena on a stretcher with his leg in a protective sleeve, according to ESPN.
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.
Here is the video, via TNT.