Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker was taken off the court Friday night on a stretcher with an apparent head injury against the Denver Nuggets.
In a scary scene, Walker went down after colliding with teammate Semi Ojeleye and stayed down for several minutes while trainers attended to him.
With a little more than two minutes to go in the second quarter, Walker tried to corral a loose ball in the lane. With his head down, Walker ran into Ojeleye, and the top of his head collided with Ojeleye’s chest. The play started to head back toward the other end, but Celtics coach Brad Stevens quickly called a timeout.
A hush fell over the arena as trainers and team staff surrounded Walker on the floor. Walker was placed on the stretcher, which was then wheeled off the floor to a loud ovation from the Denver crowd.
Shortly after his exit, the team announced Walker had been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and was being taken to the hospital for further evaluation. After the game, Stevens said all tests came back with positive results.
“I saw him in the ambulance at halftime,” Stevens said. “He had his wherewithal about him. He was in decent spirits, which is good.”
Late Friday night, the Celtics said Walker was released from the hospital to travel home with the team. He will be re-evaluated Saturday in Boston.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Matt Eppers