Though Gordon Hayward hasn’t hit the NBA hardwood since he landed incorrectly on his leg for a stunning and stomach-churning ankle injury, his name was on the tip of the hoops world’s tongue on Wednesday night when Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan suffered a similar fate.
In fact, the point guard’s fall looked somehow worse: Canaan’s bone broke through skin and showed itself.
Isaiah Canaan is down and his left ankle is pointing in a direction it shouldn’t. Bone came out. Suns team in shock
— scott bordow (@sbordow) February 1, 2018
Here it is, but seriously, hide the kids.
Gruesome injury to Suns’ Isaiah Canaan pic.twitter.com/GM5rDnd7iI
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) February 1, 2018
And here it is in slow-motion if you’re the type of sicko who demands to see Canaan’s bone.
I just rewound and slow-mo’d Isaiah Canaan snapping his leg if you’re into that pic.twitter.com/C0DpMtiz9r
— dstrat. (@DylanStratton) February 1, 2018
The incident had teammates and opponents shook.
thoughts & prayers to isaiah canaan pic.twitter.com/Iot15zDVt7
— ALSO, KEITHFUJIMOTO (@vineydelnegro) February 1, 2018
He suffered a broken ankle. According to ESPN, Canaan handled it like a stone-faced freaking champ:
Team doctor Tom Carter twisted the foot and ankle back into their proper positions and said afterward that Canaan never uttered a word of pain.
“It’s hard for fans and everyone sitting right there, and teammates especially, a guy they battle with every day,” said Suns interim coach Jay Triano after the Suns’ 102-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. “It’s their friend on and off the court. I used the timeout to let us say a quick prayer and get us refocused again to keep playing.
Isaiah Canaan wheeled off the court. Prayers up. pic.twitter.com/N31LjzhKNv
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) February 1, 2018
“Not much we can do. He was in the hands of our medical staff and we trust they do their job and we had to keep doing ours.”
Soon after, his fellow NBA players began sending out messages of support.
Prayers up for Isaiah Canaan 🙏🏿
— Dennis Smith Jr. (@Dennis1SmithJr) February 1, 2018
WAIT TILL YALL SEE ISAIAH CANAANS FALL 😵😵😵 OMG PRAYIG FOR YOU BRO!
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 1, 2018
Hate seeing stuff like that. 🙏 Prayers up to my homie @SiP03
— Will Barton (@WillTheThrillB5) February 1, 2018
Canaan is to undergo surgery on Thursday. Hayward suffered his injury on opening night and isn’t expected to return this season, so don’t expect to see Canaan back on the floor for a while.