Blazers’ Smith hurt in summer league loss



Nolan Smith had 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, five rebounds and five assists in the Portland Trail Blazers’ summer league game Tuesday in Las Vegas against the Houston Rockets.

But the Blazers guard was injured on a drive to the basket with 42.9 seconds left in the game and Houston leading 99-88. He drew contact on the shot and apparently hit his head on the basket support. He was taken from the court in a stretcher and the rest of the game was canceled.

“Nolan Smith did sustain a concussion, but was never unconscious,” the team announced on Twitter. “He’s undergoing further testing at an area hospital. He is alert and talking.”

Team owner Paul Allen tweeted 10 minutes later that Smith is “likely out” of summer league play, which runs through Saturday.

Moments later, the team added: “CT scan is normal. Has full range of motion.” Allen soon tweeted that Smith was released from the hospital.

Damian Lillard, the first of Portland’s two first-round draft picks, also scored 27 points. He had five rebounds and three assists. Luke Babbitt added 13 points. First-round draft pick Meyers Leonard had eight points and four rebounds before fouling out. Terrence Jones led the Rockets with 24 points, Jeremy Lamb added 23 and Donatas Motiejunas had 20. Jones, Motiejunas and Royce White each had 12 rebounds.

Portland’s next summer league game is Thursday against Atlanta.