The problem of concussions in sports aren't an abstract discussion to Taylor Twellman.
"I had seven concussions -- diagnosed concussions, that is -- in my career," said the former soccer star (and leading scorer in New England Revolution history), whose career was ended due to recurring post-concussion symptoms. Twellman, who now works as a part-time host and analyst on Comcast SportsNet New England, played his last game in 2008.
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Since a concussion is an unseen injury -- no crutches, no limp, no timetable for a return -- athletes have historically been unsure how to respond to it.
"As an athlete, you're taught not to really feel pain," Twellman said. "And when you do feel pain, you're taught to ignore it or take a shot for it."
But you can't ignore it. There is no shot for it. It's an injury like no other.
"Literally, you feel sick," said Twellman. "No one can help you. There's no medicine out there that can get rid of concussions and the brain injury that I have."
Which made his play-or-not-to-play decision -- while gutwrenching -- a fairly simple one.
"When a doctor tells you, 'Taylor, do you want to live the rest of your life . . . do you want have the chance to live the rest of your life normal?', you don't really think about soccer," Twellman said.
CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.
His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.
He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.
He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.
Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.
Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.
But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.
Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.
When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”