SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Utah rookie Dee Brown injured his neck when teammate Mehmet Okur landed on him in the first quarter of Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Golden State. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Brown had to be helped from the court and then was wheeled on a stretcher to have X-rays taken. The team said neurological tests on Brown were normal, but he was taken to a hospital with his neck in a brace.
The injury left the Jazz shorthanded in the backcourt. Derek Fisher, who was inactive for the series opener Monday night because of a health problem involving one of his four children, finally arrived at the arena midway through the third quarter.
After trying to take a charge from Matt Barnes of the Warriors with 5:09 left in the opening quarter, Brown fell to the court and the 6-foot-11, 260-pound Okur then landed on him, driving Brown's chin to his chest. The 6-foot Brown, who weighs 180 pounds, remained on the floor for several minutes before being helped up and led to the locker room.
Utah starting point guard Deron Williams picked up two fouls in a one-minute span early in the game.
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