Marquis Daniels to Miss 1-2 Months

The Celtics will be without Marquis for quite some time, following his scary injury yesterday (which resulted in a bruised spinal cord.) WEEI reports on Daniels’ history of neck injuries: “When Marquis Daniels stumbled to the floor Sunday afternoon – just 59 seconds into the second quarter – it was an all-too-familiar sight for Doc Rivers. He immediately flashed back to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the same Magic team when Daniels fell awkwardly to the ground. It seemed like the exact same injury. After Sunday’s game, the Celtics announced that – for all intents and purposes – it was. The team announced that Daniels, who quickly regained full movement in all extremities, has a preexisting condition in his spinal cord that makes him vulnerable to the spinal cord “bruise” he suffered as he hit the ground Sunday. ‘And this one looked worse,’ Rivers said in a somber tone after the 91-80 win over the Magic at TD Garden. ‘I don’t actually know how our players kind of got back their senses that quickly, because they all knew it, too.’ The Celtics trailed 24-17 at the time but gathered themselves to outscore the Magic, 74-56, the rest of the way. ‘I knew it immediately,’ Rivers added. ‘It was no doubt. Right when he went down, I was already out on the floor. Gilbert [Arenas] or someone was standing near him and I just told him, ‘Don’t touch him,’ because, you could see it was not good.’ The good news was that Daniels had full function of his motor skills following a scary injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game at TD Garden, according to Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, who left to visit him at New England Baptist Hospital. ‘Marquis is doing well,’ Ainge said. ‘I was just with him at New England Baptist Hospital. He’s moving, he’s fine. His arms and legs are fine.'”