Trail Blazers G Nolan Smith leaves summer league game on stretcher

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Wednesday July 18th, 2012

Scary moment in Las Vegas Summer League action when Portland Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith was taken off the floor on a stretcher after collapsing on the court. Details are still sketchy, but here are some tweets from observers:

https://twitter.com/jwquick/status/225408686846255105

https://twitter.com/blazersedge/status/225409005906956292

https://twitter.com/GwashNBAGlobe/status/225409202816954371

https://twitter.com/jwquick/status/225412215195439105

https://twitter.com/jwquick/status/225412353708130304

The last 42.9 seconds of the game were canceled as medical personnel tended to Smith, who scored 27 points as the Blazers lost to the Houston Rockets 99-88.

Smith, the 21st overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Duke, played in 44 games last season as a rookie. His father, of course, is the late Derek Smith, a member of Louisville's 1980 national championship team who played nine seasons in the NBA.

UPDATE: Here's a more detailed description of Smith's injury from Ben Golliver of BlazersEdge.com, including confirmation that Smith was taken to a hospital.

The Blazers' official feed later said that Smith suffered a concussion:

https://twitter.com/TrailBlazersPR/status/225430119764856833 https://twitter.com/TrailBlazersPR/status/225433816192385024

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