PORTLAND, Ore. The painful hits just keep coming for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Blazers' Rudy Fernandez underwent a procedure Tuesday to alleviate pain in his right leg, and was expected to miss four to six weeks of the season.

General Manager Kevin Pritchard announced the 24-year-old had a microdiscectomy to relieve pressure from a nerve root in his lower back at Southwest Washington Regional Surgery Center in Vancouver.

The Blazers have been beset by injuries. Center Greg Oden had season-ending surgery Sunday after he broke his left kneecap in the Trail Blazers' game Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.

Starting forward Nicolas Batum needed shoulder surgery just before the opener. Fellow forward Travis Outlaw fractured his foot in mid-November and required surgery. Rookies Patty Mills and Jeff Pendergraph have both started the season on the injured list.

The New York Knicks beat the injury-depleted Portland Trail Blazers 93-84 on Monday night for their season-high third straight victory.

Even Coach Nate McMillan had surgery Monday after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon during practice.

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