Daniels (bruised spinal cord) released from hospital

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Daniels (bruised spinal cord) released from hospital

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The process of Marquis Daniels' return to the basketball court is officially underway.

The first step - getting out of the hospital - has been crossed.

Daniels, who suffered a bruised spinal cord injury in the second quarter of Boston's 91-80 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday, was released from New England Baptist Hospital on Monday morning after being held overnight.

Shortly after the injury, team officials said a battery of tests would be taken to determine the extent of his injury, as well as the best course for rehabilitation.

Daniels suffered a similar injury in Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals last season against the Orlando Magic.

"This is the same type of neck injury that he had so it's just a little bit worse," team physician Dr. Brian McKeon said on Sunday. "He's got some spine issues in the past that have been addressed by other teams, and so we'll just have to see how it plays out in the next few days."

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com on Monday that the immediate plan for Daniels is to simply get some rest.

While the C's have no definitive timetable for Daniels' return, Ainge is optimistic that Daniels can return to action in 1-2 months.

The biggest concern when a player suffers an neck or spine-related injury, is the potential for paralysis.

Fortunately for Daniels, that is not an issue.

He was able to move his extremities by the time Ainge got to the hospital to see him Sunday night.

"He's returned everything," McKeon said. "He's returned to near full function."

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Isaiah Thomas won't make trip to Oklahoma City for Sunday game

Isaiah Thomas won't make trip to Oklahoma City for Sunday game

BOSTON – Facing Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook with a fully healthy squad is tough. 
 
Doing so without your leading scorer makes the challenge all that much greater. 
 
That is where the Celtics find themselves heading into Sunday night’s game against the Thunder without Isaiah Thomas, who did not travel with the team when they left for Oklahoma City today. 
 
Boston’s leading scorer this season with 26 points per game, Thomas suffered a right groin injury against Houston on Dec. 5 and has missed the Celtics’ past two games because of it. 
 
He was hoping to convince Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to let him travel with the team, but Thomas acknowledged convincing Ainge was a long shot. 
 
“He’s not really in favor of me going,” Thomas told reporters on Friday. “I’m trying to convince them to let me go. If I’m there, they know I’m going to try and play. I’m shooting for Wednesday [at San Antonio] for the most part. That’s more realistic than Sunday. Hopefully I can play on Wednesday.”
 
Boston has split the two games with Thomas out, beating the you-know-what out of Orlando 117-87 on the road, but dropping one at home 101-94 to Toronto on Friday night. 
 
As disappointed as Thomas is with not being able to play – it’s the first games he has missed since the 2014-2015 season – he understands the potential problems that could surface with an injury like this if he and the Celtics aren’t careful. 
 
“They keep wanting to be very patient with this,” Thomas said. “They don’t want to re-injure it. It is an injury that can get re-injured and be a problem the rest of the season. I don’t want that. On top of that, it gives me time to heal all the other injuries I have.”
 
Among the other injuries Thomas was referring to, is a still-swollen finger on his left (shooting) hand. 
 
The injury was believed to have happened on Nov. 12 against Indiana. 
 
While it was painfully sore, it didn’t seem to be an issue in Boston’s next game against New Orleans when he scored a season-high 37 points. He followed that up with a 30-point performance in a 90-83 win over Dallas.