There was a scary moment for the Boston Celtics on the court Friday night in Denver.
Kemba Walker had to leave the game on a stretcher in the second quarter after he ran head-first into the mid-section of teammate Semi Ojeleye. He was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms as he was transported to a local hospital.
Head coach Brad Stevens later announced that all the scans done on Walker came back with positive results.
“I saw him in the ambulance at halftime that took him to the hospital, and he was -- he had his wherewithal, and in pretty decent spirits, which was good, obviously," Stevens said, per ESPN.
Walker has since been released from the hospital and is able to rejoin the team on its flight back to Boston, but will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
The 29-year-old guard was driving to the basket when he lost control of the ball and stumbled head-first right below Ojeley’s chest. He immediately fell to the ground in pain, grabbing his head as he was attended to by medical personnel.
Walker had a brace placed around his neck before he was carried off the court on a stretcher.
Ojeleye did not think the injury was “as bad as it looked.”
“I don’t ever want to be a part of that, anybody getting injured,” he said. “Especially your teammate, so I’m just praying he gets back as fast as possible.”
Walker, who the Celtics signed as a free agent this past offseason, entered Friday’s game with a team-leading 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
The Celtics lost the game, 96-92, but are still 11-4 and a game behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the top of the Eastern Conference.