Portland guard Nolan Smith was having a marvelous game in the Blazers second Summer League game against the Houston Rockets, to whom the Blazers lost 99-88. Smith had a near flawless game with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and no turnovers. It was all in vain, however, as he was hospitalized at a local hospital.
With about 45 seconds remaining, Smith drove to the basket, and a Houston defender Zoran Dragic came over to attempt to block the shot, as most people would try to do. As Dragic came down, his elbow accidentally and inadvertently struck Smith in the jaw/neck area. Smith ran into the basketball hoop’s support while yelling a profanity that went something along the lines of “Oh s***!” After hitting the hoop support, he took two to three “dazed-looking” steps before falling to the floor on his side. Teammate Wesley Matthwes immediately knew something was wrong and jumped off the bench, and Blazers Team Trainer Jay Jensen joined him. Doctors and medics attended to Smith for 10 to 20 minutes, before Matthews and Jensen lifted him onto a strecher. Smith was able to move body limbs (arms, legs) and was also able to follow a doctor’s finger, although the light was causing him great discomfort. Being in a NBA arena didn’t really help the cause in that case. He was also in a neck brace as well.
Smith was taken to a hospital for “precautionary” reasons and was diagnosed with a bad concussion. The good news is that he was released from the hospital late last night, but will be held out of the remaining Summer League games, which is really a shame.
Until next time,