I wrote something similar to this earlier today, but the point remains very valid. A lot of times, we don't realize that sports are nothing more than just a game, than a way to escape from real life for a while.
We take it so seriously until a catastrophic injury really makes us take stock.
That type of injury could've happened today to Marquis Daniels in the second quarter of a pretty big game between the Celtics and the Magic.
Daniels happened to be driving towards the hoop when he collided with Gilbert Arenas and ended up face down on the floor and not moving.
Perhaps the weirdest thing about the injury is that it doesn't look like much, especially since there wasn't a great shot of it on the broadcast. But it was enough to cause a major injury and a major scare for everyone at the TD Garden Sunday afternoon.
Earlier reports had Daniels being taken to New England Baptist Hospital to be evaluated, and if there was encouraging news, it was Daniels giving a thumbs-up to the crowd as he was carted off the floor on the stretcher.
ESPNBoston.com is now reporting Daniels has a bruised spinal cord and will be out for at least a month, but Daniels has regained motor functions.
From ESPNBoston's Chris Forsberg:
"Daniels has experienced spine issues in the past and he endured a similar scare last year in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Orlando. He was diagnosed with a concussion after that game, but did not suffer one Sunday."
Mike Breen said it best: It's a scene we see way too often in sports. And sometimes, we really don't put things into perspective until something like this happens.
All that can happen now is to wish for the best for Marquis going forward.