Daniels suffered bruised spine

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics reserve swingman Marquis Daniels suffered a bruised spinal cord as a result of a second-quarter collision during Sunday's win over the Orlando Magic at the TD Garden.

Daniels fell face-first to the parquet after the initial injury. After being attended to by team doctors and arena paramedics, Daniels needed to be taken from the court on a stretcher in a scary scene that marred a nationally televised battle of rivals.

“Marquis is doing well,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said at a joint news conference with team physician Brian McKeon. “I was just with him at New England Baptist Hospital. He’s moving; he’s fine. His arms and his legs, everything is fine.”

Ainge indicated that Daniels will be sidelined at least one month, possibly longer. While he has regained motor functions, the team plans to run a battery of tests, including CT scans, MRIs and serial examinations, in order to determine the severity of the injury.

Both Ainge and McKeon noted that Daniels has experienced spine issues in the past and he endured a similar scare last year in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals in Orlando. He was diagnosed with a concussion after that game, but did not suffer one Sunday.

Ainge visited Daniels at the hospital during Sunday’s game.

“He just wanted to know the score of the game,” said Ainge. “He had talked with his wife and his mother. He was fine.”

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