Marquis Daniels: Celtics Reserve G/F Out 1-2 Months With Bruised Spinal Cord
Marquis Daniels Adds His Name to Celtics' Laundry List of Injuries
For those who saw Marquis Daniels hit the deck in the second quarter of the Boston Celtics Super Sunday matinee against the Orlando Magic, it was hard to discern exactly what happened.
But then came the slow-motion replays, and the way in which Daniels' neck was strained against Gilbert Arenas' shoulder really didn't look very good, and it was quite apparent that Daniels' injury might be very serious.
Daniels was wheeled off the court on a stretcher, and was taken to a local hospital.
The Celtics went on to win the game by the final of 91-80, and news came out today that Daniels suffered a bruised spinal column. He will be out for one-to-two months.
On the one hand, we're all obviously quite relieved that Daniels' injury isn't any worse. On the other hand, the Celtics are now forced to deal with yet another crushing injury.
Daniels has been a valuable asset as the team's primary swingman off the bench, as he's averaged 5.5 points per game this season. His absence now leaves the team with a noticeable lack of options whenever Paul Pierce or Ray Allen needs a breather. Von Wafer and Nate Robinson are good options for the off-guard position, but it goes without saying that neither of them are well-suited to play the three.
With Daniels out for an extended period of time, and the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, you have to wonder if Celtics GM Danny Ainge will look to make a move. Unfortunately, he really doesn't have many chips to deal, so the Celtics may have to make due with what they have.
The good news is that they're still far and away the best team in the Eastern Conference, and it's going to take an epic disaster for them to fall out of the playoff hunt.
In other words, they'll be fine even if they are forced to tread water for the rest of the season.
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