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Basketball was hardly an issue for a 10-minute stretch Friday night at TD Garden when New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson had to be carried off the court on a stretcher with what the team called a cervical stinger.
Anderson collided with the Celtics’ Gerald Wallace, who was trying to steal an inbounds pass with 11:05 left in the game. Wallace inadvertently made contact with Anderson, who crumpled to the floor, where he stayed for several minutes.
Visibly concerned, Wallace waited close to Anderson as the stretcher arrived and talked briefly with the forward.