Abdel Nader injures shoulder, may miss time with the Maine Red Claws

The injury bug is spreading like the flu among Boston Celtics-affiliated players, and currently threatens to derail Abdel Nader's NBA D-League MVP-caliber performance with the Maine Red Claws.

Nader, who fell to the ground in the second quarter what was the Red Claws' first home loss of the season, did not return in the match against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Mad Ants happen to be the team former fellow 2016 draftee Ben Bentil ended up with after being waived by the Celts, but Bentil is currently playing overseas to replace the injured Andray Blatche.

Nader is planning to see a doctor today to assess any damage that may have occurred; at present it's unclear it it is just a contusion, or something more serious. When interviewed, ice pack taped to his shoulder, by Glen Jordan of the Portland Press Herald, Nader said:

“It’s still a little painful ... I was moving pretty fast. I lowered my shoulder a little bit and then I just felt pain once I landed on the ground."

Here's to hoping it's nothing major, and that Abdel can get back in action against the Mississauga (Ontario) Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors' D-League affiliate the Red Claws - currently 4 and 2 on the season - face Saturday.

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Nader photo via  Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald
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