BOSTON – Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.
The Celtics forward's father tweeted that he was in surgery as of 9:47pm.
In surgery now... Prayers for my son please! 🙏— Gordon Scott Hayward (@GScottHayward) October 19, 2017
Surgeon said 2-3 hours...whatever it takes. #Godsgotthis!
Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.
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It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.
Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.
With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.
Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup on Wednesday night was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.