The Boston Celtics lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA opening night on Tuesday. Celtics fans not only lost to their first regular season game, but they also lost one of the best players on their team. Gordon Hayward dislocated his left ankle and fractured his tibia as reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPN. The Celtics were still able to put up a fight but it was not enough to defeat LeBron James and company.

Jayson Tatum showcases rebounding prowess

Jayson Tatum had an amazing debut game for the Boston Celtics against the Cavaliers. In his first ever NBA game, Tatum contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, in 37 minutes.

He shot 41.7 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line, and 100 percent from the Free Throw Line. Tatum will have to step up even more in his next NBA games especially with Gordon Hayward sidelined. The loss of Hayward will mean more pressure on the young guys of Boston to step up their games.

Smart playing good and looking good

Marcus Smart worked very hard on his body and conditioning this offseason. It paid dividends when he bullied Derrick Rose in the paint which helped the Boston Celtics spark a comeback. He contributed 12 points, nine rebounds, three assist, two steals, and two blocks in 35 minutes. He shot 31.3 percent from the field, zero percent from the three-point line, and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.

Jaylen Brown shines in NBA opener

With the loss of Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown played one of the best games in his NBA career against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brown was able to contribute 25 points (team-high), six rebounds, and two steals in 40 minutes. He shot 11-of-23 from the field, 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.

Jaylen Brown is showing everyone how hard he has worked in the offseason. The Celtics will really need Brown to play consistently well now that a big void has been left due to Hayward's injury.

Kyrie Irving impresses in Celtics debut game

Kyrie Irving was amazing in his Boston Celtics debut game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kyrie was able to contribute 22 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals in 39 minutes. He shot 8-of-17 from the field, 4-of-9 from the three-line, and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.

Kyrie Irving played a great game considering his emotional state after losing Gordon Hayward and playing his former team. Kyrie had the chance to tie the game and send it to overtime with a step back three over LeBron, but his shot just fell a little short. After the shot, LeBron and Kyrie had their patented handshake, but not as teammates, but as opponents.