Wednesday , May , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Brown leaves game with neck injury

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Utah rookie guard Dee Brown was wheeled
off the court on a stretcher to have X-rays taken following a neck injury at
the 5:09 mark of the first quarter during Game 2 of the Western
Conference semifinals against Golden State.

Neurological tests on Brown came back normal, but he was taken to an area
hospital for further evaluation. The club announced he would not return to
Game 2, leaving it shorthanded in the backcourt.

Derek Fisher, who was on the active roster for Game 2, was en route to
EnergySolutions Arena after missing the series opener Monday night because of
family reasons. Starting point guard Deron Williams then proceeded to pick up
two fouls in the game’s first 59 seconds.

Brown slid into the middle of the lane just over midway through the first
stanza, attempting to draw a charge against Warriors forward Matt Barnes. His
teammate, 260-pound Mehmet Okur, landed on top of him, pushing Brown’s chin
into his chest.

The guard remained on the floor for several minutes in obvious pain before
being helped to the locker room.