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Blazers' Fernandez spends night in hospital

 Portland Trail Blazers Brandon Roy (7) goes after Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza, right, after Ariza fouls Rudy Fernandez, of Spain, in the third qu...
 Portland Trail Blazers Brandon Roy (7) goes after Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza (3) after he fouled Rudy Fernandez, of Spain, in the third quarter ...
 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 Brandon Roy (7) goes after Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza, right, after Ariza fouls Rudy Fernandez, of Spain, in the third qu...

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Portland Trail Blazers Brandon Roy (7) goes after Los Angeles Lakers Trevor Ariza (3) after he fouled Rudy Fernandez, of Spain, in the third quarter ...

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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...

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Rudy Fernandez spent the night in the hospital with a bruised chest and injured right hip after a hard foul by the Los Angeles Lakers' Paul Ariza that led to a brief skirmish.
Fernandez was expected to be released from the hospital late Tuesday. He was listed as doubtful for Portland's game against Dallas on Wednesday.
NBA officials were reviewing the play but determined on Tuesday that Ariza will not face further discipline beyond his third-quarter ejection.
Fernandez was fouled on a fast break during Portland's 111-94 victory on Monday. The Spaniard was taken from the court on a stretcher with his neck in a brace. The teams scuffled and the Blazers were assessed two technical fouls.
Blazers teammate Sergio Rodriguez, who was also from Spain and one of Fernandez's closest friends, spent the night at the hospital.
"He couldn't breathe, and that scared himself, but he was OK," Rodriguez said.
The two watched the game at the hospital because Fernandez wanted to see what happened after he left. Fernandez was in good spirits.
"He couldn't laugh a lot because it hurt," Rodriguez said.
Fernandez, who played on Spain's silver medal-winning Olympic team, was averaging 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in this NBA season.
Known for his no-look passes, alley-oop dunks and behind-back-dribbles, fans at the Rose Garden often chant "Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!" when he enters a game. Some female fans have taken to wearing "I (heart) Rudy" T-shirts.
Fernandez was lured to Portland from DKV Joventut Badalona of the Spanish ACB League. He became something of an Internet sensation this summer when he dunked over Dwight Howard at the Olympics. The U.S. team won the gold medal with a victory over Spain in the final.
Against the Lakers, Fernandez hit a 3-pointer late in the third quarter that gave the Blazers an 81-51 lead. Moments later, he was driving down the floor. As he leapt toward the basket, Ariza fouled him from behind, knocking him down.
Fernandez curled up in pain at the base of the basket. Portland's trainers rushed to his aid, and his teammates tussled with the Lakers. Los Angeles forward Lamar Odom appeared to leave the bench, although he later denied it. If the NBA determines he did leave, he could face a suspension.
Lakers center Pau Gasol stayed out of the fray with his eyes on Fernandez. The two were Olympic teammates.
"It was an unfortunate play, and an unfortunate fall," Gasol said.
Ariza was contrite after the game, apologizing to Fernandez.
"It wasn't anything I was trying to do. I wasn't trying to hurt him," he said. "I was just trying to make a play on the ball."
At the Blazers' practice facility on Tuesday in Tualatin, coach Nate McMillan would not comment on the NBA's decision not to penalize Ariza further.
"That's a dangerous play," he said. "That's all I'm going to say."
Brandon Roy said he made it a point not to get involved because of the team's push to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2003. Portland and Utah shared the Northwest Division lead on Tuesday.
"The race is too tight to miss any games," Roy said.