- Player sends thank you message to fans before Boston’s home opener
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Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, who sustained a horrific injury in the NBA season opener, sent a video message from his hospital bed before heading into surgery on Wednesday night, telling Boston fans: “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there.”
The crowd at the TD Garden for the Celtics’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks cheered when Marcus Smart directed fans’ attention to the scoreboard, where Hayward appeared wearing a hospital gown and sitting up in bed. The arena hushed to hear the brief message, then erupted in another cheer when it was over.