In his first game as a trailblazer, Cody Eller was hit hard in the face by Andre Iguodala, leaving the 29-year-old center with a bloody nose in his team’s preseason defeat against the Golden State Warriors.
The collision occurred as Iguldala went down after sinking with a lerller under the basket. The warrior’s elbow caught Eller in the nose straight. Iguodala was immediately startled as she walked toward the ler teller bench for medical help.
Eller, who came to Portland after eight seasons with the Hornets in Charlotte, celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday. In good spirits, Zeller joked about the incident on his Instagram the night before his birthday.
“Happy birthday to me,” Eller wrote on a selfie covered with blood.
Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups told reporters that Lerller’s nose was broken at the time of the incident.
Portland has not yet released an official update on El Teller’s nose condition.