ORLANDO, Fla. — The Boston Celtics got a major scare on Wednesday and it had little to do with their game against the Detroit Pistons.
After forcing a turnover in the third quarter, Boston's Chris Johnson passed the ball upcourt to Dairis Bertans who was fouled while driving to the basket.
As Bertans went down to the floor, his head hit the stanchion and snapped back. He moved around briefly, but was unable to come to his feet.
Moments later, a stretcher was brought on to the court. With his neck stabilized, he laid strapped in the stretcher showing few signs of motion.
Bertans, who had seven points in just under 12 minutes of action, is not expected to play in the Celtics' remaining summer league games.
Wednesday's spill was just the latest in scary head-related injuries Celtics players have suffered in recent years.
On Feb. 6, 2011, former Celtic Marquis Daniels suffered a bruised spine during a collision with former Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas. Daniels did not play in another game that season.
And on March 24, 2012, ex-Celtic Mickael Pietrus suffered a hard spill at Philadelphia and laid motionless akin to Bertans. There was concern among many that he had suffered some type of neck or spinal injury that would potentially end his playing career. However, medical tests determined that he had a Grade 3 concussion.
While it was expected that he would miss the remainder of the season, Pietrus returned to action 17 days after the injury.