Boston, Mass.- The tensest moments for the New Orleans Pelicans during their game in Boston Friday night didn't come when the Celtics' Jared Sullinger pulled up to attempt a game-winning three pointer, or when Pelicans point guard Brian Roberts prepared to take his two-free throw shots to preserve a New Orleans win after Sullinger's miss.
Instead, it was the ten minutes early in the fourth quarter that Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson laid motionless on the court after a collision with Celtics forward Gerald Wallace.
A silent crowd watched as medical staff from both teams helped paramedics fit Anderson with a collar and lift him onto a stretcher to finally be wheeled off the court, as players from both teams stood nearby in quiet support.
An ambulance rushed Anderson to a Boston hospital for evaluation of a cervical stinger, which is an injury to the nerves in the neck and shoulder that cause a burning or "stinging" sensation.
"We are just praying for his health," head coach Monty Williams said. "He looked like he was ok. I was more worried about his mother. I know she's at home a nervous wreck, so hopefully she hears this message and is cool with the fact that he's ok and in good hands."
Anderson did give the crowd a thumb's up as he was wheeled off the court. The injury occurred as the Pelicans tried to inbound the ball from under their own defensive basket.