Marquis Daniels Bruises Spinal Cord In Celtics' Win, Will Miss 1-2 Months

Boston Celtics reserve Marquis Daniels was carted off the floor after sustaining a neck injury in the second quarter against the Magic. He suffered a bruised spinal cord, according to the team.

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Marquis Daniels Released From Hospital After Spinal Cord Injury

It looks like Marquis Daniels will ultimately be okay after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a scary fall during Sunday's game between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. The team has announced that Daniels was released from a local hospital this morning.

Marquis Daniels was released from the hospital early this AM. He was reported to have been joking and in good spirits.

Daniels was transported to the hospital yesterday on a stretcher after lying on the ground for several minutes in front of a hushed T.D. Banknorth Garden crowd. The team deemed the injury a "bruised spinal cord," and general manager Danny Ainge said Daniels would probably miss the next 1-2 months.  

The injury occurred when Daniels tripped over Gilbert Arenas and had his forehead slam onto the ground. He laid motionless on the ground for several minutes, but did flash a thumbs up sign as he left the floor. 

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Marquis Daniels' Injury A Bruised Spinal Cord, Will Keep Celtic Out 1-2 Months

Marquis Daniels suffered a bruised spinal cord in the second quarter of the Boston Celtics' Sunday game against the Orlando Magic. After incidental contact with Magic guard Gilbert Arenas, Daniels collapsed to the ground and didn't move. Medical staff brought out a stretcher and immobilized Daniels before loading him into an ambulance and taking him to a local hospital. Daniels did give a thumbs-up before leaving the court, and the Celtics quickly reported that he had suffered a bruised spinal cord.

The team now says Daniels will miss 1-2 months of action. Celtics GM Danny Ainge told Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald that Daniels has actually experienced nerve issues before.

"I saw him at the hospital," said Ainge. "I think he was scared when he was out on the court, because he couldn't move for a short period of time, so that scared him. But he's had some issues with this before - some tingling in his body and arms. He had it last year in Orlando in Game 5. He's had a couple of episodes throughout his career."

Daniels was forced to leave that game in the Eastern Conference finals with what was initially diagnosed as a concussion. The severity of his current condition, however, will require even more care.

While the focus is on Daniels' full recovery, we can't ignore that his immediate loss on the court leaves Boston a bit thin (comparatively speaking) in the backcourt. Marquis had played in 49 of Boston's 50 games this season, averaging 19 minutes a night. Delonte West remains out while recuperating from wrist surgery, which means that Celtics coach Doc Rivers will either have to lean more heavily on Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Nate Robinson, or he'll be forced to summon rookie Avery Bradley from the end of the bench.

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Marquis Daniels Has 'Bruised Spinal Cord' After Being Carted Off In A Stretcher

Boston Celtics swingman Marquis Daniels suffered what the team is calling a "bruised spinal cord" during the second quarter of the team's game against the Orlando Magic. General manager Danny Ainge told reporters that Daniels will have a CAT scan and an MRI, and is likely to miss at least a month with the injury. However, he was moving his arms and legs and is fully conscious.

The injury occurred early in the second quarter, when Daniels fell on his forehead after making a move in the post on Orlando's Gilbert Arenas. His head slammed the floor, and he stayed down for several minutes as his teammates, his coach and his fans stood silently. Eventually, Daniels was placed in a stretcher and transported via ambulance to a local hospital. On his way out, he flashed a thumbs up sign to the crowd.

Daniels has had problems with his spinal cord before. He was taken out of Game 5 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals with a similar injury, though not nearly as scary. He is currently averaging 5.6 points and 2.3 rebounds as a Celtics reserve.

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Marquis Daniels Carted Off On Stretcher After Sustaining Neck Injury

Boston Celtics reserve Marquis Daniels was carted off on a stretcher after sustaining a neck injury during the second quarter of his team's game against the Orlando Magic. Daniels' forehead slammed against the ground and he laid on the floor for several minutes. He eventually was lifted onto a stretcher and placed inside an ambulance. The team has announced that he is heading to a local hospital for an "evaluation" for a neck injury. The severity is not yet known.

Daniels had the ball on the right side when he tripped over Gilbert Arenas. As he tried to sweep the ball through, he lost his balance and his forehead hit the ground. It didn't appear that the contact was too serious at first glance, but it was serious enough to cause him to stay on the ground for several minutes. A hushed T.D. Banknorth Garden watched, concerned about his well-being. Eventually, Daniels was lifted into the stretcher. He was conscious and did provide a thumbs up as he left the floor.

Daniels is averaging 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game in his second year with the Celtics. This is his eighth season in the league.

Here's video, via @jose3030.

 

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