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Gordon Hayward rolls ankle, leaves game late in fourth, will have MRI

Gordon Hayward ankle

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 17: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics looks for a pass against Tobias Harris #12 and Matisse Thybulle #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 17, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images)

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The sight of Gordon Hayward limping off the floor made Celtics fans everywhere a little nauseous.

With just more than three minutes left in Boston’s series-opening win against Philadephia Monday, Hayward put a body on Joel Embiid, trying to keep him off the glass. When Hayward lept, he came down on the foot of teammate Daniel Theis. Hayward’s ankle rolled 90 degrees.

He stayed under the basket until play was stopped then he limped off the court.

Hayward will undergo an MRI, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. Hayward let the arena on crutches and with his foot in a boot, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens had no details other than to say Hayward was in some pain.

Howard had an okay game before limping off the court, scoring 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Part of Boston’s strength is the versatility of its perimeter players on both ends. The combination of Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum means Boston can switch a lot of things defensively and go at mismatches on the other end with a variety of guys. If Hayward is going to miss time, it chips away at all that for the Celtics.

Boston leads the first-round series 1-0, with Game 2 set for Wednesday.