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.