BOSTON Teams

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics, down 18 in the 3rd Q, have picked up a couple of technical fouls in a matter of minutes: Kyrie Irving, followed by Al Horford. Tough night for Boston so far.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics went from 10-1 to 20-1 to win the NBA title at Westgate after Gordon Hayward's gruesome injury on Tuesday night.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Hayward talks on his phone as he is wheeled out.

Brian Windhorst ESPN Senior Writer 

Gordon Hayward leaving arena on stretcher. Celtics asst GM Mike Zarren & co-owner Steve Pagliuca are with him. Leg is in protective sleeve

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics announce Gordon Hayward has a fractured left ankle. He was examined by doctors from both teams at the arena.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Gordon Hayward leaves the Cavs locker room

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr on Gordon Hayward's injury: "It was terrifying. The whole coaches' office was just devastated watching it. It just shows the fragile nature of what we do."

Brian Windhorst ESPN Senior Writer 

Isaiah Thomas, who recruited Hayward to Boston over summer, has also been with him in locker room.

Brian Windhorst ESPN Senior Writer 

LeBron James just went into Cavs locker room where Gordon Hayward is receiving medical attention

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have marveled at how Derrick Rose continually breaks a cardinal rule of basketball that says you're not supposed to jump before you pass, but seems to always thread the needle when doing so. Rose had a textbook example of that in the second quarter, finding LeBron James open in the lane for a score.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs are up 29-19 after 1Q. LeBron James 4p 4r 4a; Dwyane Wade 5p; JR Smith 6p; Tristan Thompson 5p 3r. Kyrie Irving 6p 2a; Jaylen Brown 7p. Hard to judge much in terms of real basketball results, however, after that Gordon Hayward injury.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Shellshocked Celtics players huddled after the gruesome Gordon Hayward injury with Kyrie Irving burying his head into the chests of teammates Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum. Just a devastating scene in the infancy of the season.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The Celtics would be eligible to apply for the Disable Player Exception based on the Gordon Hayward injury. The exception would be worth $8.4M and Boston would have up until March 10 to use. The Celtics with an open roster spot can sign, claim or trade for a player that has one-year left on his contract.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward is being stretchered off the court in Cleveland after a horrific looking leg injury little more than five minutes into his Boston debut.

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Hayward fractures ankle minutes into debut

Gordon Hayward suffered a horrific-looking left ankle injury just minutes into his Celtics debut Tuesday night, leaving the Quicken Loans Arena court on a stretcher as fans and players stood shocked.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After a quick dap with LeBron James before tipoff, Kyrie Irving hit a floater over his former teammate on the first play of the game. Fans booing when Irving touches the ball.

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Brian Windhorst ESPN Senior Writer 

Kyrie Irving out warming up 45 minutes before tip off in Cleveland. When he came out of tunnel he got a smattering of boos.

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says LeBron James (who was questionable with an ankle injury) will play tonight against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics. James is 6-0 against Irving and has outscored him in every meeting.

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