Kemba carted off, has concussion-like symptoms

Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms after being stretchered from the court late in the second quarter of Friday night’s game in Denver. He was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation, the team announced.

Walker ran head-first into the abdomen area of teammate Semi Ojeleye and immediately went to the floor. Early indications were that Walker did not suffer a significant injury in the collision, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game that he didn’t have an update on Walker’s status, but that the scans Walker underwent at halftime yielded good 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.

Walker grimaced in pain as he went down and play was stopped as medical personnel from both teams tended to him. He remained on the floor for several minutes.

Walker’s teammates gathered around, as did Nuggets players. 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.

“It’s tough on both teams to see that,” Stevens said of the impact the injury had on the rest of the game, a 96-92 win for the Nuggets. “And it was good to get at least early reports of good news from our standpoint. But the head injury thing is super-scary, and — so you’re always thinking about it, and you still have to play the last 27 minutes, which is — not a fun part of it, but I thought our guys and Denver competed really hard the rest of the game.”

Ojeleye said he and the rest of the Celtics were praying that Walker’s injury “wasn’t as bad as it looked and that he was gonna get up and be all right.”

“I don’t ever want to be a part of that, anybody getting injured, especially your teammate, so I’m just praying he gets back as fast as possible,” he said.

Walker, 29, entered the game averaging a team-leading 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his first season with Boston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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