INDIANAPOLIS — New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson was ruled out of Saturday’s road game against the Indiana Pacers, one night after suffering a cervical stinger in a win over the Boston Celtics.
Anderson collided with Gerald Wallace in the fourth quarter as both players tried to secure an inbounds pass. Anderson lay motionless on the court for several minutes and was eventually carried off the court on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams couldn’t provide much of an update on his condition, and the team would not confirm whether Anderson remains hospitalized.
“In a situation like that when you’re dealing with the head, neck or spinal region, you have to go through a number of tests,” Williams said before tipoff. “He had some of that done late last night, early this morning.”
Williams said a number of doctors need to look at the tests before they’ll know the full extent of Anderson’s injury.
“He’s in good hands,” Williams said.
Several team officials remained in Boston with Anderson. Williams asked New Orleans fans to keep the sixth-year player in their thoughts.
“We want our fans to play for him and his family,” Williams said. “He’s had a rough year, but he’s a strong kid.”
Anderson was averaging a career-high and team-leading 19.8 points. The forward, acquired in July 2012 through a sign-and-trade with Orlando, has scored 20-plus points nine times this season. He has made at least one 3-pointer in all 22 appearances, leading the team in 3s made with 67.