PORTLAND, Ore. — Rudy Fernandez was taken from the court on a stretcher after falling heavily to the floor after Trevor Ariza fouled him on a layup try in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Ariza drew a flagrant-2 foul and was ejected.
It remains to be seen whether Ariza will be suspended. It’s also possible Lamar Odom could be suspended for leaving the bench area after Portland’s Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge confronted Ariza along the baseline near the Lakers’ bench.
Odom appeared to be playing the role of peace-maker, but NBA punishment czar Stu Jackson won’t care why Odom moved into the fray. Jackson will only care that Odom left the bench. No punches were thrown. Aldridge also could be suspended for escalating matters with a push to Ariza, which prompted the scrum in front of the Lakers’ bench.
UPDATE: Fernandez was taken to a local hospital, where X-rays and a CT scan were negative. He has a soft tissue injury to his upper right chest inside area, according to a Trail Blazers spokeswoman. He will be kept overnight in the hospital for observations.