Kemba Walker Collides With Teammate, Has Neck Sprain

NOVEMBER 24: Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports that Walker’s injury, incurred in his collision with Ojeleye in a Nuggets game on Friday, has been ruled a neck sprain. Bontempts reports that Walker has been listed as doubtful for tomorrow’s tilt against the Kings.

Bontemps relayed that Boston head coach Brad Stevens mentioned that Walker might be able to play through the pain, but preached caution: “Head injuries and neck injuries are scary. That’s why he’s doubtful to be honest.”

NOVEMBER 22: Kemba Walker, one of the prizes of this summer’s free agent class, has concussion-like symptoms after colliding with teammate Semi Ojeleye, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets.

Early indications are that Walker did not suffer a serious injury, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. Walker has been transported to a Denver area hospital for further evaluation, the team’s PR department tweets.

Walker was injured in the first half of Friday’s game against the Nuggets while trying to make a steal. He had his head down trying to control the ball and banged into Ojeleye’s mid-section. He was taken off on a stretcher.

Walker has been a major part of Boston’s hot start, averaging 22.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 4.8 APG. Walker signed a four-year, max deal with the Celtics early in free agency.

If he needs to miss multiple games, Marcus Smart, Brad Wanamaker and rookie Carsen Edwards could all receive increased minutes.

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19 thoughts on “Kemba Walker Collides With Teammate, Has Neck Sprain

  1. Jeff Zanghi

    Here’s to hoping that all that happened were “concussion type symptoms” the play and subsequent time spent essentially motionless on the floor was a scary sight — wishing him the best in recovering/being okay after a scary looking injury situation on the court in Denver!

  2. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Boston is 7-1 against the east and 4-3 against the West.

    Miami is 7-0 against the east and 4-3 against the West.

    Philly is 7-1 against the east and 3-4 against the West.

      • Buckman

        So the western conf is 10-15 against top teams in the east…what should we conclude? It is not self evident.

    • ray win

      Boston is 2-3 on a 10 day trip to the West, 2-0 at home. What that tells me is they compete better than equally against the West. The 3 losses are by a combined 7 points, and two of those were against top 5 NBA teams.

    • Buckman

      Top 5 East Teams vs Top 5 West Teams
      Total Record: East 54-19 (74%) ….West 56-20 (74%)
      vs. East Rec’d: East 28-6 (82%)….West 21-9 (70%)
      vs. West Rec’d: East 21-13 (62%)….West 35-11 (76%)

    • Boston2AZ

      He’s worth the max deal because of the combination of the 22.5/5/5 AND not being Kyrie.

    • Curtisrowe

      Totally. If only he were as good as other point guards that make the same or more, like Chris Paul, Mike Conley and John Wall.

      • Adam37

        He’s better than all of them… with Paul it’s because he’s older. Peak Wall may be better but isn’t a good shooter and wouldn’t be as good a fit with this team. Conley is excellent but also close to or at end of peak.

    • dynasty in boston

      Hopeless. At least this time you posted something coherent, albeit a mile from the truth.

    • Jeff Zanghi

      Yeah but he’s also now on a team where 2 other guys (well actually 3 but Hayward’s been hurt) are averaging 18+ PPG. There are only so many shots/points to go around and Walker has looked like a great fit on this team and well worth the contract – thus far anyway.

  3. bill lumbergh

    He collided with a semi and lived to tell about it. Let’s call it a win.

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