Smith was on pace to another solid summer-league performance, scoring 27 points before taking a hit on the right side of his head by Houston’s Zoran Dragic on a fastbreak that left him lying on the floor for an extended period.
Smith’s injury called a stop to the game with 42.9 seconds left tin the fourth as he was rolled off the court on a stretcher with his neck in a brace and his head stabilized with a strap. Joe Freeman of the Oregonian reported:
Blazers doctors and trainers rushed to his side and evaluated him for roughly 10 minutes before he left on a stretcher. A team spokesperson said Smith never lost consciousness and he was able to move his arms and legs and talk to doctors, although he was in noticeable pain as he lay on the court.
Wesley Matthews bee-lined to Smith after the play and remained close to the second-year guard throughout the ordeal.
“He said the room was spinning,” Matthews said. “He was dizzy. He got hit.”
Smith’s eyes were constantly twitching as doctors tended to him and it was clear the arena’s bright lights were an irritant. After medical personnel stabilized Smith’s neck for precautionary reasons, Matthews and team trainer Jay Jensen raised him onto the stretcher as coaches, members of the Blazers’ front office and teammates watched nearby.
Smith was taken to a nearby hospital in Las Veags, where doctors conducted tests on his head. According to Freeman, Smith “was released from the hospital late Tuesday night after CT scan results came back normal and he had full range of motion.”
Trail Blazers’ owner Paul Allen later tweeted Tuesday night that Smith was “alert and talking” and his concussion tests were “ok.”
Smith was released from the hospital Tuesday night. With three summer-league games remaining, Smith will likely sit the rest of them out. Fans saw a new side to Smith’s game–an aggressive, attacking-the-basket Smith. In two games, Smith averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Smith scored 10 points in the 85-82 victory over New Orleans, but suffered a left ankle injury and did not return to the game.