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Kemba Walker doubtful to face Sacramento Kings

Monday 25 November 2019 06:58, UK

Kemba Walker lays on the court after colliding with team-mate Semi Ojeleye
Image: Kemba Walker lays on the court after colliding with team-mate Semi Ojeleye

Boston guard Kemba Walker has a neck strain and is listed as doubtful to play on Monday night when the Celtics host the Sacramento Kings, the team announced on Sunday.

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Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher during the second quarter of the Celtics' Friday night road game against the Denver Nuggets and was later diagnosed with what the team said was concussion-like symptoms.

He stayed in a hospital overnight before being released and returning to Boston with the team. He underwent more examination on Saturday and is still under evaluation, according to the team.

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Walker, 29, is in his first season with the Celtics, averaging 21.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 15 games. He spent his prior eight seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, earning three All-Star selections.

He suffered the injury Friday night when he attempted to steal the ball. He had his head down and slammed head-first into the stomach of team-mate Semi Ojeleye. The contact jolted Walker's neck with 3:13 left in the half.

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Walker lay motionless for a few minutes and paramedics put a neck brace on him before he eventually was removed from the floor.

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