NBA stars offered prayers and support after Gordon Hayward's horrific injury

Coming into Tuesday night, basketball fans across the country were filled with excitement, waiting to get their first look at the newly revamped Celtics team take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Unfortunately, after tipoff, that excitement quickly turned to dread as Gordon Hayward went down with a severe broken ankle just minutes into his first game with Boston.

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Oct 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics is sits on the floor after being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics reacts to his teammate Gordon Hayward #20 being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics reacts to his teammate Gordon Hayward #20 being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics is sits on the floor after being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Oct 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) lays on the court after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) lays on the court after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) prays after Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward injured his ankle during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics consoles Gordon Hayward #20 after Hayward was injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics reacts to his teammate Gordon Hayward #20 being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The injury was gruesome, as evidenced by the reactions coming from the Cavaliers bench in the immediate aftermath of the injury. The response on social media was swift as well, with NBA players taking to Twitter to share their prayers and support of Hayward, and wish him well in recovery.

Many of the players giving their support have suffered dramatic injuries themselves, including Paul George and Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt.

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God bless you bro @gordonhayward ! 🙏🏾 help him thru this god!
Can't even put into words. Gordon Hayward. Feeling for you man. Absolutely gut wrenching.
Prayers up for Gordon Hayward !!! 🙏🏽
Lord , Carry Him Now 🙏🏾@gordonhayward https://t.co/jEnvghETW1
Praying for my guy @gordonhayward!!! NEVER want to see any of the guys go through anything like that.
Prayers to my brother @gordonhayward 🙏 https://t.co/WigEE3BFPP
Wow smh prayers up to @gordonhayward may God give you strength during this time.
Praying for GH.... omg.... nasty look
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Wow...thats horrific...feel awful for Hayward
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Additionally, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Cavaliers star LeBron James went back into the locker room where Hayward was being treated shortly after the injury.

Moments like this show what a tight family of players the NBA is no matter the score of any particular game.

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