Friday, March 26, 2010
Haslem lands on Delfino's neck, head
ESPN.com news services
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee's Carlos Delfino was taken off the court in a stretcher late in the second quarter of the Bucks' 87-74 loss to the Miami Heat after Udonis Haslem landed on the forward's neck and head.
The team said Delfino was moving all extremities and went to a hospital for precautionary X-rays on his head and jaw, but there were no further updates after the game.
"We're obviously concerned about Carlos," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We'll just keep our fingers crossed, hope he's OK or if there's something wrong, it's very minor and he can be well."
Delfino drove for a layup with 2:29 left in the first half and fell face down to the floor. On the ensuing scramble for the rebound, Haslem jumped and got it, appearing to land on Delfino's neck or the lower part of the back of his head.
Delfino never moved as paramedics flipped him over on his back and strapped him to a board. Paramedics crossed Delfino's arms, but he made no obvious gestures while the crowd chanted his name.
He appeared to be conscious and blinking while being worked on for about 7 minutes.
"When the stretcher comes out and they put on a neck brace, it's definitely a disturbing sight," said Bucks center Kurt Thomas, who also saw a cut on Delfino's chin that he thought would need stitches. "It's definitely a freak accident the way he went down and then Haslem going up for the rebound and he didn't see him underneath. Haslem is not a dirty player or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation."
Haslem said he had no idea he'd landed on Delfino.
"There was nothing I could do; I couldn't avoid it. I didn't even know he was under me," said Haslem, who tied a career high with 18 rebounds to go along with 10 points. "I hope he's OK. I talked to Coach Skiles after halftime and he said he was doing OK."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.