NBA Opening Night was supposed to be a celebration of champions, personal rivalries, new faces in new places, and new teammates teaming together. The NBA was coming off one of the most exciting offseason in reason memory. Seven All-stars switched teams during the offseason. On opening night, we were treated to Lebron vs Kyrie as opponents for the first time. The Warriors vs Rockets in a protentional WCF preview.
In the midst of all the excitement and celebration, was sorry and grief; as Celtics forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left ankle five minutes into the first game of the season. Hayward went up for an alley-oop and landed awkwardly on his left ankle. It was one of the most gruesome injuries imaginable and was reminiscent to the Paul George injury at the Olympics. The whole NBA and basketball world mourned a devastating injury to one of the most likable players in the NBA.
The Celtics would battle back as they always do and the game came down to the wire, with Kyrie Irving missing a game tying three with Lebron guarding him. Seriously, can you script it any better? Lebron and Kyrie would dap it up after the sound of the final buzzer. Kyrie and his former teammates would also embrace after the game.
Not to be outdone, the Warriors and Rockets gave us a thrilling one point game, that saw a KD game- winning shot waived off as the ball was still in his hands as the time expired. Harden and CP3 combined for 21 assists.
Two games in and were already treated to thrilling basketball. Both games however were overshadowed by the Hayward injury. Hayward is more likely than not done for the season. He has a grueling recovery ahead, but our thoughts and prayers are with him.