New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward Ryan Anderson is having an fantastic season.
The fifth-year veteran is averaging 20.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and is currently serving as the Pelicans’ sixth man.
During the Pelicans’ 95-92 victory over the Boston Celtics Friday night, Anderson was having another excellent game. In 25 minutes, Anderson scored 13 points on five-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.
However, during the the fourth quarter, Anderson got into a scary collision with Celtics’ forward Gerald Wallace while trying to gain position on an inbounds pass. Anderson hit the floor and remained there for quite some time as the team and medical staff looked on. Anderson was eventually taken off the floor on a stretcher and gave the crowd a wave.
(H/T to Tyler Lashbrook for the vine)
Anderson was then put into an ambulance and taken to a local Boston hospital.
After he was transported to the hospital, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe delivered some encouraging news, reporting that Anderson was diagnosed with a cervical stinger. Obviously, injuries are never a good thing, but it is a much less severe injury than it originally looked like.