Wednesday , Mar , 11 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rudy Fernandez: It Wasn’t as Bad as it Looked

Everyone was scared and nobody knew what was going to happen," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez was able to calm his family with a late-night, good-news phone call from the hospital: The television images were much worse than the actual injuries.

Fernandez was released from a Portland hospital Tuesday afternoon in good spirits and with relatively minor wounds, including a bruised chest and a right hip pointer. The reserve guard is listed as doubtful for the Blazers’ game tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, but Rodriguez, who stayed overnight at the hospital with his countryman, said Fernandez was upbeat and improving.

"He’s all right, he’s feeling great," Rodriguez said. "It was more (he was) scared and afraid … The moment after the hit, he couldn’t breathe well. He scared himself. But after that, he was OK."