PORTLAND – Portland Trail Blazer's center Jusuf Nurkic left a stretcher after suffering a seemingly serious left-over injury in double overtime against Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Nurkic jumped for a rebound and came down awkwardly in a choke of bodies under the basket. After hitting the ground, Nets players around him played the seriousness of the injury and sprang away.
The arena quickly entered when Blazer's medical staff quickly hurried to Nurkic. A hanger was immediately called and with the help of a few Blazers – Damian Lillard, Rodney Hood and Al-Farouq Aminu – the 7-foot Bosnian was loaded on it.
Portland coach Terry Stotts called the damage "devastating", but would not say more about Nurkic's condition than what he was taken to a local hospital.
It is a devastating blow for Blazers who has been recently in spite of knee injury to CJ McCollum, who has sidelined him over the past few weeks.
Behind Nurkic, Blazer's one-on-one, signed after being the apostate of New York Knicks and Zach Collins, has.
Enes Kanter details the feelings of Portland's wardrobe after Jusuf Nurkic went down with a serious left leg injury.
Nurkic, 24, averages 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 71 matches this season. In Monday's match, a 148-144 Portland winner won to play a playoff berth, he had 32 points and 16 rebounds before leaving.
"It's hard, man. To see one of your brothers go down like that – I just don I don't know what to say, Edge said after the game." But tonight I'll just go home and pray for him, man. Because this is far greater than basketball. We clung to the playoffs, but we can't even celebrate it … He was a big part of our family. our team, our family. "
Kanter added that the team held a moment of silence for Nurkic.
" No one could really say anything, "he said.