Marquis Daniels will be out at least a month, possibly more, after bruising his spinal cord against the Magic on Sunday afternoon. After what looked to be a harmless brush up against Gilbert Arenas on his way to the basket, Daniels collapsed to the floor and remained motionless. Daniels would eventually leave on a stretcher managing to give the crowd a thumbs up on his way out.
It has been reported that Daniels has full use of his arms and legs, but will be out at least a month as he’ll undergo a number of tests within the next few days.
Said teammate and Celtic captain Paul Pierce “Obviously when you see a guy lay down there for a [period] of time, you get worried and you pray and hope that he’s alright. When we came back to the locker room at halftime, I asked how he was doing and they said he was moving and doing pretty good. I guess he has some type of condition in his neck or spine that I didn’t know about. … Hopefully he can take some time off, hopefully he can get back on the court, but, most importantly, we’re more worried about his health.”
Fans at the arena and at home watching on television got a sobering dose of just how precious life is and how it can change forever in an instant. We wish Marquis Daniels a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the court soon.
The injury to Daniels leaves the Celtics in a bind for a decent guard option of the bench as Daniels had been playing a pretty significant role. The injury opens the door for Von Wafer to play a bigger role before eventually turning the role over to Delonte West when he returns from injury in a few weeks.