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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

At the end of lineup introductions at Wednesday's home-opener, the Celtics posted a graphic telling injured Gordon Hayward to "get better, come back stronger."

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Kyrie drops 10 points in first half (0:33)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston sports radio was filled with chatter Wednesday wondering if Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder should be blamed for Gordon Hayward's gruesome injury. Celtics coach Brad Stevens dismissed it: "There was no ill will, no fault. That was just a unique landing from what I saw. [But] I don't have any interest in re-watching."

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Smart gets in Dellavedova's face over screen (0:59)
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Tatum shows off his post moves (0:26)
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Tatum steal leads to Kyrie jumper (0:26)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward's video message to fans from his hospital bed: "It's hurting me that I can't be there for the home-opener, I want nothing more to be with my teammates"

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward's message to fans that aired inside TD Garden before Boston's home-opener: "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. I'm going to be alright. It's hurting me that I can't be there for the home-opener, I want nothing more to be with my teammates and walk out onto that floor tonight."

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Hayward to fans: 'I'm gonna be alright' (1:08)

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Gordon Hayward will have surgery tonight, his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Celtics announcer just did Gordon Hayward intro last -- and then showed a video message from Hayward in hospital bed. HUGE ovation.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Tons of support here at The Garden for Gordon Hayward.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kyrie Irving moments away from his home debut in a Celtics uniform. This building with a completely different vibe after the Gordon Hayward injury. Kyrie will have to shoulder even more of scoring load now -- especially as young guys like Brown and Tatum develop.

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Celtics fans pay respect to Hayward (0:28)
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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

There's a long line of Celtics fans signing a "get well" banner for Gordon Hayward, who suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in Boston's season opener against Cleveland.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics fans are signing an oversized get well card for Gordon Hayward inside TD Garden before tonight's home opener.

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Kyrie Irving warms up prior to his Celtics home debut at TD Garden.

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Memories of injury flooded back, George says

Paul George, who fractured his tibia and fibula during a gruesome injury in 2014, says Gordon Hayward's injury immediately "brought me back to Vegas and when it happened to me, my incident."

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'Discussions are still ongoing' for Hayward's return (1:06)

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Joey Syata, a huge Kyrie Irving fan, has been making these t-shirts since last season's playoffs, to help raise money for children's mental health awareness.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on Gordon Hayward: "Obviously, there's a physical pain to [his injury] but I think it's also doubled by the emotional pain of, you know, he put a lot of effort into trying to start his career out well in Boston. But this is a setback; we're expecting a full recovery."

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Hayward podría volver a entrenar en 3 meses. (1:51)