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Fernandez OK after hurts churt in win over Lakers

 Portland Trail Blazers Rudy Fernandez (5) is fouled going to the basket by Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza (3) in the third quarter of their NBA Bask...
 Portland Trail Blazers Rudy Fernandez receives medical attention after he was fouled by Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza in the third quarter of their...

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Portland Trail Blazers Rudy Fernandez (5) is fouled going to the basket by Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza (3) in the third quarter of their NBA Bask...

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Portland Trail Blazers Rudy Fernandez receives medical attention after he was fouled by Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza in the third quarter of their...

The Trail Blazers' glee over trouncing the Los Angeles Lakers was tempered by their concern for Spanish teammate Rudy Fernandez.
Fernandez was injured when he was fouled hard late in the third quarter of Portland's 111-94 victory late Monday. He was taken from the court strapped to a stretcher, his neck in a brace.
"Just the way it played out _ it's hard to watch your teammate over there laying down and they're bringing out stretchers. That was a tough moment for all of us," said Brandon Roy, who led the Blazers with 27 points.
Fernandez was conscious and alert when he left the court, and he had full movement of his extremities, the team said. But he was experiencing chest pain and was taken to a hospital overnight. X-rays were negative.
Trevor Ariza, who fouled Fernandez, said he hoped the rookie from Spain wasn't seriously hurt.
"It wasn't anything I was trying to do," Ariza said. "I wasn't trying to hurt him. I was just trying to make a play on the ball."
Fernandez hit a 3-pointer that gave Portland a 81-51 lead in the final minutes of the third quarter. Shortly thereafter, he was driving to the basket on a fast-break when he was fouled by Ariza.
Fernandez fell hard under the basket, on both his elbow and his hip. He remained prone on the court for more than 10 tense minutes before being taken from the court on a stretcher.
Fernandez, who also had a CT scan, was expected to be kept at a hospital overnight for observation. Initial reports said he suffered a soft-tissue injury to the upper chest and side.
A skirmish broke out among the two teams and Ariza was ejected. The Blazers were assessed a pair of technical fouls.
Roy balked at Ariza's reaction to the foul.
"I tried to be cool-headed about it," Roy said. "I was just going to go over there, but then he started bucking (over the foul) like, 'What?' I was just upset because my guy is laying there on the ground and he's talking trash still. I was pretty upset about it."


Updated : 2021-05-13 08:47 GMT+08:00