Celtics swingman Marquis Daniels has sustained a bruised spinal cord, the team announced after the game. Daniels was removed from TD Garden on a stretcher after he appeared to jam his head into the left shoulder of Orlando’s Gilbert Arenas with 11:01 left in the second quarter. Daniels made a move to his right, Arenas backed up and was called for a block.
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“It’s just scary obviously,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “I knew it [was serious] immediately. It was no doubt. Right when he went down I was already out on the floor. I think, I don’t know, Gilbert [Arenas] or someone was standing near him and I just told him, ‘Don’t touch him.’ Because I — you could see it was not good.”
Daniels was taken to New England Baptist Hospital, where he was able to move his arms and legs. He did not sustain a concussion. Daniels is expected to be out a minimum of one to two months with the injury. He will undergo a CAT scan as well as an MRI and will be evaluated further in the coming days.
Daniels sustained a concussion during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals last June on a similar play, ramming into the body of Marcin Gortat. He missed the rest of the postseason.
“This is the same type of neck injury that he had so it’s just a little bit worse,” said Celtics team doctor Brian McKeon. “He’s got some spine issues in the past that have been addressed by other teams and so we’ll just have to see how it plays out in the next few days.”
After the collision, Daniels fell immediately but was winking his eyes. Trainer Ed Lacerte called for a stretcher and Daniels was removed from the court giving the “thumbs up” sign to a cheering Garden crowd.
Moments earlier, Glen Davis went to the locker room with a bruised head after landing hard taking a charge from Orlando’s Jameer Nelson. Davis returned to the game.
“No player wants to be in that position,” said Kevin Garnett. “No human being wants to be in that position. Difficult moment. We got some good news, as opposed to what we were looking at, because it looked really bad. But I’m glad he’s able, he’s functional. So everyone put him in your prayers.”