Kemba Walker stretchered off floor after scary neck injury in Denver

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker had to be stretchered off the court at the Pepsi Center on Friday night after suffering a scary neck injury.

Walker, attempting to recover a steal late in the second quarter of their matchup against the Denver Nuggets, lost his balance. With his head down, Walker ran headfirst into the stomach of Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye. He instantly recoiled and fell to the floor in pain, where he remained until play was stopped.

Medical staff then stabilized Walker’s head and neck before using a stretcher to take him off the floor.

Walker was transported to a local hospital with concussion-like symptoms. The Celtics did not elaborate further, however the news is likely a welcome sign given how severe the injury could have been.

The 29-year-old signed a four-year, $141 million deal with the Celtics in free agency this summer. He is averaging 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists so far this season, his ninth in the league. Walker had three assists and one rebound in 12 minutes on Friday night before the injury.

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