Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul confirmed midday Friday that star center Nate Jawai remains hospitalized in intensive care with vertigo and numbness suffered following one of his best Euroleague games ever last night. Jawai, who turned 27 years old on October 10, had returned to his house from his team's loss to Olympiacos Piraeus and was with his brother when he started feeling badly and phoned team doctors. An hour later, by 2:30 a.m. Istanbul time, he was hospitalized with symptoms of vertigo and numbness in his left arm and left leg. Jawai was tested by doctors overnight for possible heart or brain anomalies, but none were found. Further tests on Friday indicated that Jawai may have suffered neck trauma from receiving a blow to the chin during Thursday's game, the club said. Jawai's condition was stable and he was conscious and alert, laughing and joking with visitors, a team spokesman said.
Earlier last night, Jawai had the best scoring game of his Euroleague career, with 22 points, including some spectacular dunks. It was also his second-best overall performance based on an index rating of 29. Galatasaray is Jawai's fourth Euroleague club in as many seasons. He started in 2010-11 with Partizan NIS Belgrade, then moved to Unics Kazan and last season made the Final Four with FC Barcelona. Jawai was injured going into the Final Four but made a valiant effort in London by playing 2 minutes in a semifinal loss to Real Madrid.