Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Friday, featuring a scary scene in Denver when the Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker had to be stretchered off the court after colliding with a teammate.
We’ll also take a look at a thrilling finish between two Western Conference powers, the Clippers and Rockets.
All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Saturday!
Celtics’ Kemba Walker Stretchered Off Court, Hospitalized Following Scary Collision With Teammate
Boston Celtics superstar guard Kemba Walker was stretchered off the court on Friday after he collided with his teammate Semi Ojeleye.
Walker was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and transported to a local hospital to be further evaluated, the Celtics announced.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday night that early indications are that the 29-year-old did not suffer a significant injury.
Walker suffered the injury late in the second quarter in the Celtics’ 96-92 loss to the Denver Nuggets when he was defending a pick-and-roll and ended up running head-first into the midsection of Ojeleye.
The three-time All-Star was off to a tremendous start with his new squad, averaging a team-best 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game.
Kawhi Leonard Propels Clippers to Thrilling 122-119 Win Over Harden, Westbrook and the Rockets
If the first two games this season between the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets are any indication of what may be on the horizon for a potential postseason series, sign me up.
The Clippers won a back-and-forth battle on Friday night, rallying in the second half to beat the Rockets 122-119.
It was a game of spurts and comebacks, as the Clippers held a 14-point lead in the second quarter and the Rockets were up 11 in the third.
The teams traded leads in the final minute before Kawhi Leonard drilled a game-winning jump shot with 15 seconds left. Leonard finished the night with 24 points.
Lou Williams, who has been playing amazing ball for the Clippers early-on this season, had a team-high 26 points, which were all scored in the second half.
The Rockets’ James Harden had a monster game, scoring 37 points and 12 assists, while his co-star Russell Westbrook put up 22 points.
The Rockets won the first meeting this season between the two Western Conference foes, beating the Clippers 102-93 behind Harden’s 47 points.
Mark your calendars for the next time these two are scheduled to duel – Thursday, Dec. 19 in L.A.
DON’T MISS THESE STORIES: Rounding Up the Top Headlines
- Pelicans GM says Zion Williamson is ‘getting better every day’
- Harassment charges against Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins dropped
- Yankees seeking to not pay recently-released Jacoby Ellsbury his remaining $26M
- Mariners’ Double-A prospect Evan White signs historic contract
- Jerry Sandusky resentenced to 30 to 60 years
WHAT’S ON TAP IN THE SPORTS WORLD ON SATURDAY
NBA: No. 8 Penn State (9-1) at No. 2 Ohio State (10-0)
Major implications are on the line Saturday for both the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff races, as Ohio State battles Penn State at the Horseshoe in Columbus.
WHEN: Today, 12 p.m. ET
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: No. 7 Virginia (4-0) vs. UMass (5-0)
The reigning national champion Virgina takes on fellow unbeaten UMass in the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
WHEN: Today, 12 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN News
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