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Players, teams rally behind Gordon Hayward after grisly injury

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Players, teams rally behind Gordon Hayward after grisly injury

By: - Online Sports Editor / @CFColinaINQ
/ 07:00 PM October 18, 2017

Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics consoles Gordon Hayward  after Hayward was injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

After his grisly ankle injury, Boston forward Gordon Hayward has received a deluge of support from his fellow players, NBA teams and fans who are all praying for his speedy recovery.

Hayward fractured his left ankle and left tibia after an awkward fall as he was trying to complete an alley-oop play barely six minutes into the anticipated NBA season-opener between the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

READ: Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury

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Silence fell inside the Quicken Loans Arena as Hayward squirmed in pain with his ankle bent at an awkward angle. He received medical aid at the Cavaliers’ locker room and was scheduled to be flown in to Boston the same night.

Aside from Hayward’s teammates, LeBron James was among those who immediately consoled the Celtics’ new recruit while he was getting ready to be stretched off the court. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that James and former Celtic Isaiah Thomas went to the locker to check on Hayward.

The Cavaliers won, 102-99.

Others players and team accounts, meanwhile, took to Twitter to empathize with Hawyard with some using the hashtag

Paul George and Shaun Livingston, who both know how it feels like to be in Hayward’s shoes after suffering gruesome injuries of their own, offered words of encouragement for their fellow player.

READ: Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics 

George broke his lower right leg in a horrific fashion during a Team USA scrimmage in 2014 but returned to action for the Pacers barely a year after. Livingston, meanwhile, tore three ligaments in his left knee back in 2007.

While Hayward, who signed a four-year max contract with Boston in July, hasn’t been a Celtic that long, NBA legend Bill Russell reminded him that he is part of the family in a heartwearming tweet of support.

Here are some of the tweets from players who showed their support for Hawyard:

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