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Kemba Walker taken off court on stretcher after injury to head

Fortunately, this did not appear to be as bad as it looked at the time.

Boston’s Kemba Walker — one of the guys at the heart of the Celtics’ fast start to the season — was strapped to a backboard, with a neck brace on, and stretchered off the court in Denver Friday night after a collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye.

He was taken to a local hospital with concussion-like symptoms. It appears he escaped a serious neck or other injuries and has been released from the hospital already and rejoined the team.

Here is a video of the play where it happened.

That is a football-style, head-down collision (and this injury is one reason that sport bans those hits). There is no official report yet on the injury.

Our thoughts are with Walker, who is playing again at an All-NBA level this season averaging 22.9 points per game.