DENVER (AP/CBS) — Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the second quarter, striking Ojeleye’s abdomen area head-first and going down on to the court in a heap against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
Walker grimaced in pain as he went down and play was stopped as medical personnel from both teams tended to the star guard who was prone on the floor for several minutes.
Kemba Walker being taken out of the arena on a stretcher pic.twitter.com/UQX5qkwUFu
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 23, 2019
His teammates gathered round as did Nuggets players, plainly concerned about Walker. A brace was placed around his neck to stabilize the area and he was strapped to a backboard before being placed onto a gurney and wheeled off the court.
The Celtics said Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
#NEBHInjuryReport Kemba Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms. He is being transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 23, 2019
Walker entered the game averaging a team-leading 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in his first season with Boston.
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