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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics could have easily let this game get away after Gordon Hayward injury. Instead, with a healthy dose of Marcus Smart and the kids (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown) they erased an 18-point deficit.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs let an 18-point third quarter lead disappear completely before Derrick Rose hit a buzzer-beater to give Cleveland the edge back, 72-71, heading into the 4th Q.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will serve as keynote speaker when beloved Knicks analyst John Andariese is presented posthumously with the Johnny Bach Award from Fordham University on October 30. John's wife, Maureen, his daughters, and former Knicks announcer Marv Albert will accept on Andariese's behalf.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavaliers' starting five has been outscored by four points in eight minutes of action tonight. All other Cleveland lineups are plus-15.

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.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Eric Gordon grew up playing against Gordon Hayward and has some thoughts for him after his gruesome ankle injury.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Curry's first try on opening night.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James, after missing pretty much all of preseason, has 14p 7r 6a at the half against the Celtics and the Cavs are up 54-38. Jae Crowder 11p; JR Smith 8p 4r. Kyrie Irving 9p on 4-for-9 and 5a.

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.

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."

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Steve Kerr says the whole Warriors coaches office was devastated watching the Gordon Hayward injury. Shows how fragile this all is.

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.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James had 4 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast before checking out with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter.

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.

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

How do the Bulls, assuming they don't have Nikola Mirotic, compare to a college team? Among players on the current Bulls roster, only five -- Antonio Blakeney, Ryan Arcidiacono, Zach LaVine, Bobby Portis and Kris Dunn -- ranked in the top 50 in ESPN's recruiting rankings. The current Duke team for 2017-18 has eight such players.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Brandon Ingram expressed his admiration for players with similar body types to his in Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Warriors are ready to ring in a new season.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Luke Walton updates on Lakers injuries included full practices for Lonzo Ball and Andrew Bogut, while Julius Randle remained limited (intercostal strain). Walton isn't committing to playing Randle until he shows he's healthy before Thursday, and said Larry Nance could start. Randle feels he'll be ready Thursday, but was indifferent on whether he'd be fine with coming off the bench.

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