A horrific left ankle injury quickly ended Gordon Hayward's first game with his new team.
In the first quarter of the Celtics' matchup with the Cavaliers in Cleveland to open the NBA season, Hayward landed awkwardly on his left ankle after rising up to catch a lob. The TNT cameras caught the devastating sight of Hayward sitting on the court with the gruesome injury.
Everyone's eyes were on Tuesday's NBA opener, and Twitter reacted in shock. Thunder guard Paul George, who suffered a gruesome leg break in 2014, tweeted his support for Hayward as soon as Hayward went to the ground to the shock of everyone at Quicken Loans Arena.
God bless you bro @gordonhayward ! help him thru this god!— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) October 18, 2017
Here was reaction from the Cavs bench.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gordon Hayward. #BiggerThanBasketball— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 18, 2017
Many other fellow NBA players tweeted their hopes and prayers for Hayward to be OK.
@gordonhayward . Only God has ALL the answers.— Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston) October 18, 2017
Wow smh prayers up to @gordonhayward may God give you strength during this time.— Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) October 18, 2017
Man, nothing but prayers to Gordon Hayward!— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) October 18, 2017
Prayers up for Gordon Hayward !!!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) October 18, 2017
Hate to see this happen to anyone! Prayers to Gordon Hayward— Mike Conley (@mconley11) October 18, 2017