Hayward return this season unlikely after surgery

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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season after he underwent surgery Wednesday night to fix a dislocated ankle and fractured left tibia.

Hayward was only a few minutes into his Celtics career when he landed awkwardly on the floor, causing his ankle to end up in a disfigured form enough to elicit pained reactions from spectators and fellow players alike.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said earlier on Wednesday that he wasn't sure when Hayward's surgery would be or what the timetable would be for his recovery.

The Celtics returned home Wednesday night and lost for the second night in a row, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks 108-100.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) sits on the court after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. I wish you the best of luck.

"I'm not going to speculate or put a timeline on it", he told reporters Thursday.

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"So the doctors here have looked at it, our doctors have looked at it, and we'll know a lot more (when) he goes straight to the hospital when he gets home". I want nothing more than to be there with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. "I'll be supporting you guys from here".

The Celtics introduced Hayward as their sixth man during player introductions at the start of the game.

"We'll see how that works itself out".

Stevens would not put a timeline on Hayward's recovery.

He signed a four-year, $127 million contract.

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