Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher with his neck stabilized after suffering what looked to be an injury to his head or neck during a Friday night game against the Denver Nuggets.
Walker was released from the hospital late Friday night and will be reevaluated on Saturday.
With a little more than three minutes remaining before halftime, the three-time all-star point guard stepped in front of the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic to deflect a pass. As Walker sought to corral the loose ball in the paint, his momentum carried him forward into Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye.
Walker’s head was bent downward as he ran into Ojeleye’s chest, and the contact immediately sent him to the floor. He remained prone on the court as play continued the other way, and referees quickly stopped the action so Walker could receive medical attention.
After an initial assessment, Walker was put on a backboard and then a stretcher with a brace around his neck before being wheeled off. He departed with no points and three assists in 12 minutes.
NBA players were quick to send messages of support for Walker on social media after he left the game.
Walker, who joined the Celtics as part of a sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets this past summer, was averaging 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists entering Friday. He has been a driving force behind Boston’s impressive 11-3 start.
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