PHILADELPHIA The Boston Celtics came into Friday's game against Philadelphia down a man, and they'll leave it down another one.
Mickael Pietrus, who was filling in for injured Ray Allen (left ankle), suffered a neck injury in the second quarter and was unable to return.
The 6-foot-6 wing forward was driving to the basket when he was fouled by Lou Williams with 5:08 to play in the half.
As he tumbled to the ground, replays showed that he landed on the base of his neck.
Pietrus was sprawled out on the floor, motionless for several seconds.
When he didn't spring to his feet quickly, teammates quickly alerted the medical staff that something wasn't right.
Surrounded by teammates and medical personnel, it was soon determined that he would need a neck brace and be carted off on a stretcher.
Team officials have initially described his injury as a questionable head injury that would require him to be sent to a nearby hospital.
Seeing Pietrus on the floor, and then carted off on a stretcher, had a hauntingly familiar feel about it.
It was last season in which Celtics wing Marquis Daniels suffered a similar-looking injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.
7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.
11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far.
16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions.
HOUSTON - Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.
After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.
Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.