Silver Linings in the devastating Gordon Hayward injury

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday Oct. 17 2017 in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward grues

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Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night to fix a fractured left tibia and dislocated left ankle, injuries that occurred early in the season opener Tuesday at Cleveland.

While there is no timetable set for Hayward's return, Bartelstein was asked if a return this season was unrealistic and told the Herald: "I think so".

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before Wednesday's 108-100 loss to the Bucks that Hayward was "down" after the injury that occurred a little more than five minutes into his Boston debut.

Last season's number three pick followed up his strong performance in OH with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in Boston's second consecutive loss at home to the Milwaukee Bucks last night.

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Hayward suffered the injury while going up for an alley-oop with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter of the Celtics season-opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Taking Hayward's minutes, Smart scored 12 points and had nine rebounds on Tuesday night.

After being stretchered off the court Hayward was flown to Boston to hospital to begin the prognosis where it was confirmed he would need surgery. He was quoted before the season saying that he wants to win defensive player of the year and his odds of doing so may have improved after the injury to Hayward. For one night, these guys proved that they can play and contribute to a team in the National Basketball Association. We know there are going to be a lot of tough days ahead on that recovery. "You're excited because you anticipate a full recovery, but I think it's really important just to be active and to be as active as you can". Unfortunately, the player will likely spend the rest of the season recovering as well. "I'll be supporting you guys from here". They still have Kyrie, they still have Al Horford, and they still have the three guys previously mentioned, who are age 23 and under and have a great chance to showcase their skills.

#3 Please people, the Celtics are still a really good team - The Celtics got worse on Tuesday night, but how much worse is being blown out of proportion. I'm going to be all right.

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