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Gordon Hayward Undergoes Surgery; Unlikely to Return This Season

20 October 2017

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night in Boston to fix a fractured left tibia and dislocated left ankle, injuries he suffered after barely five minutes on the court in Tuesday's season-opening 102-99 loss at Cleveland. He's a guy you want to play with on both ends of the floor.

He said there is no time to tear down their previous plan and start anew; they just need to figure things out with what they have.

Jayson Tatum became the first Celtics rookie since Larry Bird to record a double-double in their first game. "The part that we've got to find is a combination that works all together, especially when we go to the bench right now".

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Luckily for the C's, it appears the versatile youngster will come of age sooner than they anticipated and he could be the man to fill Hayward's shoes. "And I thought he had his most comfortable week as far as feeling like he was going to play really well". "The good news, though, is that there's nothing they found that they didn't expect to find". The team will be cautious to bring him back too fast, but I think he could by the end of the season. I wish you the best of luck.

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The coach added that although Hayward is suffering from some of the common post-surgery challenges, like pain, the forward's spirits were "pretty positive yesterday" after "the surgery went great". We got a really good group and a lot of young guys - we're going to move forward and take that challenge. Unfortunately, the player will likely spend the rest of the season recovering as well.

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"I think that we will probably look at the roster spot", Stevens said. A guy who can put the ball in the basket for you. "It's time to just figure it out moment to moment, and we'll be all right", he said.

Hayward, who was a free agent, signed a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics on July 1. But on Wednesday night, their star guard was off of his game, forcing shots to the tune of seven-for-25 from the floor.

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Gordon Hayward Undergoes Surgery; Unlikely to Return This Season