Nolan Smith Stretchered off Court with Head Injury in Summer League Game

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJuly 17, 2012

After taking a foul, Portland Trail Blazer Nolan Smith collapsed to the floor and later had to be stretchered off the court. He appeared to be conscious through it all. 

The scary injury came with just 42.9 seconds left in the contest, and the rest of the game was cancelled. 

The Oregonian's Joe Freeman tweeted out the following:

Doctors help #Blazers Nolan Smith before he's placed on stretcher.…

— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) July 18, 2012


The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn captured the seriousness of the moment with this tweet:

Smith was fouled, took two steps following drive and then collapsed to the floor. He remains on the floor and a stretcher is being prepared

— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) July 18, 2012


The medical staff was quick to rush to his side as anxious moments passed. Teammate Wesley Matthews was also quick to his side, which led to this tweet captured by The Oregonian's Jason Quick:

Wesley Matthews, who raced to Smith's side after he collapsed, said Smith was conscious and talking.

— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 18, 2012


Matthews said that Smith told him his head was spinning. 

Let me stress that I am not a medical expert, but the fact that Smith was conscious and talking seems like a good sign for his chances of a full recovery.

While it pales in comparison to the health of this young man, the Blazers lost to the Rockets, 99-88. Also, Smith was having an excellent game as he tallied 27 points.

Smith, out of Duke, was the 21st pick in the 2011 draft. He averaged 12.3 minutes in 44 games last year for the Blazers while putting up 3.8 points, 1.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. 

He appears to be a youngster on the rise in the NBA. Here is to hoping this injury does nothing to change that.