By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the agent of Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, the All-Star is not expected back during the regular season. He had surgery on Wednesday after returning to Boston following the injury on Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio.
The All-Star underwent surgery to repair a fractured left tibia and a dislocated ankle. The big-money acquisition, who signed a four-year, $128 million deal in the summer, will need the rest of the season to recover.
“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” his agent Mark Bartelstein said.
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The forward suffered the injury in the first quarter in the season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the injury happened, the Cavaliers ran away from their seats in shock, as they tried to shield their eyes from what happened on the contested alley-oop.
During a videotaped message to Celtics crowd for their home opener on Wednesday night, he said, “I’m going to be all right.” Without Hayward, the Celtics will now need to lean on its second big acquisition, Kyrie Irving, who they acquired in a blockbuster deal with the Cavaliers in September.
Hayward played in five minutes before the injury. He had just two points before the devastating blow to his season.
He is in his first season in Boston. Before joining the Celtics, he spent seven seasons with the Utah Jazz.
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In his final season with the Jazz, He averaged a career-high 21.9 points per game in his lone All-Star season. He appeared in 73 games. Hayward made 73 starts.
He also averaged 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game during the 2016-17 season.
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