Kemba Walker suffers head/neck injury, exhibiting concussion symptoms, in Celtics 96-92 loss to Nuggets
Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Early indications are that the injury may not be as severe as originally thought, but any injury to the head and neck require a cautious approach.
#NEBHInjuryReport Following testing at a Denver hospital, Kemba Walker has been released to rejoin the team for its return to Boston. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow and further updates will be provided as appropriate.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 23, 2019
Early indications are that Boston’s Kemba Walker did not suffer a significant injury in collision tonight, league source tells ESPN. Team has diagnosed him with concussion-like symptoms. https://t.co/Qu2LMTDwaW— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 23, 2019
Marcus Smart did add some additional information that may be related to Kemba's condition and recovery. Apparently, Walker had been dealing with a neck issue when both were playing for Team USA in World Cup Competition this summer. Medical tests to be conducted will certainly include close examination of his cervical spine.
With a shortage of pure point guards, the Celtics will have to lean on replacements for at least several games. Brad Wanamaker stepped in for Walker last night and came away with 14 points, two rebounds, four assists and a team-high plus/minus of +18. There will be a lot of pressure on Marcus Smart in Walker's absence, but he is used to that. The early news on Kemba's injury is good. Let's hope that continues.
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