An Atlanta Hawks cheerleader lays on the ground as fellow cheerleaders continue to perform during a dance routine in which she hit the floor during the second half of a game between the Hawks and Mavericks at Philips Arena.
Photo: John Amis, Associated Press
Photo: John Amis, Associated Press

Hawks cheerleader injured during game

An Atlanta Hawks cheerleader was removed from the court on a stretcher after falling and hitting her head and neck during Monday night’s game.

The Hawks were hosting the Dallas Mavericks at Philips Arena when the incident occurred. There was a brief delay in action between the third and fourth quarters after the cheerleader slipped and was injured during a routine.

Cheerleader Kristen, whose last name was not released, was taken by paramedics to Atlanta Medical Center. She was released Monday night following examination by physicians, according to the team.

“Our best wishes are with the cheerleader who had the incident on the court,” coach Larry Drew said to start his postgame press conference. “She is doing well, from what I’m told. We are hoping that she is OK and are keeping things in perspective.”