BOSTON — There was a lot riding on Friday night's Boston-New Orleans game for both teams.
But when Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson lay on the TD Garden floor after a collision with Gerald Wallace for 10 minutes, the game's outcome didn't matter.
All that anyone cared about was whether Anderson was OK.
A team official told Comcast SportsNet's Abby Chin that Anderson had a cervical stinger, and was being treated at a nearby hospital.
"We are just praying for his health," said Pelicans head coach Monty Williams. "He looked like he was OK. I was more worried about his mother. I know she's at home a nervous wreck so hopefully she hears this message and is cool with the fact that he's OK and in good hands."
Not surprisingly, Anderson's health was indeed on the minds of his New Orleans teammates who still managed to escape with a 95-92 win over the Celtics.
"It's a sad situation," said Pelicans big man Anthony Davis who had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds. "You don't want to see one of your guys go down, especially one of your leaders. We just prayed for him, but at the same time we've got to try and win the game. From that point on we just tried to win it for him."
The incident with Wallace occurred just 59 seconds into the fourth quarter with Wallace going for a loose ball and bumping into Anderson from behind.
"I didn't see him," Wallace said. "I don't know what happened or what ... I've been there."
In 2008 when he played with the Charlotte Bobcats, Wallace was knocked unconscious with an inadvertent elbow from Celtic Mikki Moore who was playing with the Sacramento Kings at that time.
According to published reports, that was Wallace's fourth concussion in four years and this one, according to a team official, had caused some amnesia.
"I know what he's going through, the thought process," Wallace said, referring to Anderson. "I mean, I know the whole process of him laying on the floor waiting on a stretcher to come get you."
As Pelican officials and teammates stood nearby, Wallace wasn't too far away, peeking his head in just to let Anderson know he was there.
"So my whole thing was just the activity to see him talking, see him moving ... I've been in that situation more than one time," said Wallace, who added that Anderson did tell him that he was OK. "I wanted to make sure he was fine."