Daniels out indefinitely with bruised spinal cord

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Daniels out indefinitely with bruised spinal cord

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Celtics had every reason to fear the worst.

Marquis Daniels, who has a history of back problems dating back to as recently as nine months ago, was motionless on the floor near the Celtics bench after colliding with Gilbert Arenas' shoulder while attempting to drive to the basket.

While there are still tests to be run and examinations to be made, the initial prognosis was about as encouraging as the Celtics could have imagined.

Daniels has a bruised spinal cord that will keep him out of action for a while. As of now, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is hopeful Daniels can return to action in a month or two.

Daniels suffered a similar injury last season in the playoffs against the Magic.

Team physician Dr. Brian McKeon said Sunday's injury is related to the previous one.

"We're getting all the tests now and we'll have more information for you Monday," McKeon said. "We'll get CT Scans, MRIs and then Serial examinations."

While the Garden faithful sat in shock as Daniels went down and didn't move, Celtics coach Doc Rivers knew it was serious as soon as Daniels hit the floor.

"It was no doubt," Rivers said. "Right when he went down I was already on the floor. Arenas or someone was standing near him and I just told him, 'Don't touch him.' Because I . . . you could see it was not good."

Ainge visited Daniels at New England Baptist hospital shortly after he was transported there after being carted off the Garden floor - he gave the fans a thumbs up on his way out.

The biggest fear when a player suffers the kind of injury that Daniels did is the potential for paralysis.

While there was some initial tingling sensations, Daniels had regained all movement of his extremities by the time Ainge saw him.

"I think he was scared when he was out on the court because he couldn't really move there for a short period of time so that scared him," Ainge said. "But he's had some issues with this before and some tingling in his body and his arms and things before so I think he wasn't scared, he was fine. He had it last year against Orlando in Game Five and I'm not sure before that. He's had a couple of episodes throughout his career."

It wasn't just the Celtics players affected by Daniels' injury.

Daniels grew up in Edgewater, Fla., which is just outside of Orlando.

In the offseason, Daniels spends time with a number of Magic players, including Dwight Howard, who acknowledged after the game how difficult it was for him to keep playing after Daniels' injury.

"It was sad to see somebody I know down on the ground like that," Howard said. "I just hope he's OK."

Howard added, "I was hurting the whole game, just thinking about him on the ground; his family, friends watching. I know it's something that nobody wants to see; especially when it's somebody you know."

Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu added, "I'm just praying that it's nothing serious. I just pray to God that he's OK."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Rozier ready to compete for serious minutes in Celtics rotation

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Rozier ready to compete for serious minutes in Celtics rotation

WALTHAM, Mass. – Summer league was in full bloom and Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier was killin’ it.
 
Scoring.
 
Dropping dimes.
 
Swooping in for rebounds.
 
Young fella was having the kind of summer that breeds confidence for him as well as the franchise that shocked many in selecting him as high as they did in 2015.  
 
But as well as he played, he knew getting on the floor wasn’t going to be easy because he would have to cut into the minutes of already-established players.
 
And then he got the news that Evan Turner was leaving for Portland after agreeing to a four-year, $70 million contract.
 
Turner’s departure meant Rozier’s chances of playing regular minutes had indeed arrived.

“Nobody wants to lose a guy like ET; great looker room guy, great down the stretch,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “But that gave me even more of an opportunity to play and step up. It gave me a better feeling about this year, knowing I could get minutes.”

On Monday during media day, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked about the void on the Celtic’s roster with Turner now playing for the Blazers.
 
“I miss Evan Turner already; loved having him around,” Ainge said. He’s not going to be easy to replace and neither will Jared Sullinger (he signed a one-year deal with Toronto). But we do have some exciting young players. Jaylen (Brown) and Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier … very exciting players. I don’t know who will get all of Evan’s minutes, but they will be shared and we can fill that void.”

But Turner’s 28.0 minutes per game will likely serve as a portion of the minutes Rozier will carve out for his own this season.
 
“I know he’s going to try and take some of my minutes,” said Celtics all-star guard Isaiah Thomas earlier this summer. “But that’s what it’s about; competing.”
 
Rozier’s competitive nature has stood out during his short time in Boston, with the 22-year-old finding a way to balance that with not being too pushy or too hungry to play.
 
“He’s an All-Star,” Rozier said of Thomas. “I look at it like this. To go up against someone like (Thomas) every day is a blessing.”
 
But Rozier soon adds, “I’m trying to get better, but I want to play too. Getting his minutes, anybody’s minutes, I’m going for it. But I know he’s not going to lighten up and make it easy for me. I know that. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
 
And as he gradually establishes a role for himself on this team, maybe then people will warm up to a player that so many had doubts about when the Celtics selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
 
“I’ve been doubted all my life,” Rozier said. “It ain’t hurt me. I always tell myself, ‘they’re gonna fall in love with me because I play hard and they’re gonna fall in love with my intensity level. People didn’t know who I was; that’s fine. They’ll find out about me soon enough.”

Kelly Olynyk talks about his shoulder injury; improving his consistency

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Kelly Olynyk talks about his shoulder injury; improving his consistency

Celtics forward/center Kelly Olynyk sits down with Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine on Media Day to talk about how the recovery from his shoulder injury is progressing and becoming more consistent this season.

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely then discuss whether this is a make or break year for Olynyk, who will be a restricted free-agent at the end of the season.

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