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Hayward breaks ankle in Celtics debut

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CLEVELAND (AP) Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season.

Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract this summer, went up for an alley-oop pass midway through the first quarter and collided with LeBron James. Hayward's leg twisted underneath him as he came back to the floor. The 27-year-old collapsed under the basket and looked in horror as his left foot was pointing outward.

He put his hands to his face and dropped back to the floor as a hush fell over the charged sellout crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena, which had come to boo Kyrie Irving in his return to Cleveland after being traded to Boston this summer.


Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 L. James, Cle16.0
2t K. Love, Cle11.0
2t D. Green, GS11.0
4 J. Tatum, Bos10.0
5 M. Smart, Bos9.0
6t R. Anderson, Hou8.0
6t C. Paul, Hou8.0
8 A. Horford, Bos7.0
9t J. Brown, Bos6.0
9t T. Thompson, Cle6.0
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 K. Durant, GS4.00
2t L. James, Cle2.00
2t M. Smart, Bos2.00
2t D. Wade, Cle2.00
2t E. Gordon, Hou2.00
2t K. Thompson, GS2.00
7t A. Baynes, Bos1.00
7t A. Horford, Bos1.00
7t R. Anderson, Hou1.00
7t C. Capela, Hou1.00
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