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Kemba Walker suffers head/neck injury, exhibiting concussion symptoms, in Celtics 96-92 loss to Nuggets

When Celtics guard, Kemba Walker, remained motionless on the floor after colliding with teammate, Semi Ojeleye, viewer responses amounted to absolute terror. It happened at the 3:13 mark of the second period, with Boston trailing the Denver Nuggets, 36-30. Kemba was going for a loose ball and collided head-on into Ojeleye, He went down and was motionless.


Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Early indications are that the injury may not be as severe as originally thought, but any injury to the head and neck require a cautious approach.



Marcus Smart did add some additional information that may be related to Kemba's condition and recovery. Apparently, Walker had been dealing with a neck issue when both were playing for Team USA in World Cup Competition this summer. Medical tests to be conducted will certainly include close examination of his cervical spine.

With a shortage of pure point guards, the Celtics will have to lean on replacements for at least several games. Brad Wanamaker stepped in for Walker last night and came away with 14 points, two rebounds, four assists and a team-high plus/minus of +18. There will be a lot of pressure on Marcus Smart in Walker's absence, but he is used to that. The early news on Kemba's injury is good. Let's hope that continues.

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