Gordon Hayward suffers ankle injury in Game 1 vs. 76ers
98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The Boston Celtics failed to escape their Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers unscathed on Monday night, with forward Gordon Hayward hobbling off the court with an apparent injury sustained in the fourth quarter of their 109-101 final.
“Sprained ankle,” C’s coach Brad Stevens said after the win. “Don’t know the severity. But he’s clearly in pain, and it looked like it had some swelling already. That’s my medical review.”
The injury will come with an MRI for Hayward, too, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. Hayward left the bubble arena in a walking boot and on crutches, according to Andrews.
The ‘good’ news is that this ankle injury involves Hayward’s right ankle, not the left one, which was the one that suffered a gruesome season-ending injury on Opening Night in 2017.
Hayward finished Monday’s victory with 12 points and a team-leading four steals in 34 minutes.
The Celtics will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.