Jusuf Nurkic suffered a severe left leg damage through the second additional time of Portland’s 148-144 win over the Nets, forcing him to exit on a stretcher below the involved watch of teammates, opponents and followers.
The Blazers massive man was trying to tip in a teammate’s missed shot when he got here down awkwardly in site visitors, inflicting his leg to bend between the knee and ankle. He completed the sport with 32 factors, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and two steals.
Jusuf Nurkic suffers a left leg damage throughout Portland’s double-overtime win over the Nets.
Nurkic is having fun with a profession yr, averaging 15.four factors, 10.three rebounds, 1.four blocks and 1.zero steals for fourth-place Portland. Regardless of Monday’s win, Damian Lillard and the remainder of Nurkic’s Blazers teammates have been subdued within the aftermath of shedding considered one of their most precious gamers in such a trend.
“It is powerful, man,” Lillard admitted after the sport. “We battle so arduous all season lengthy and our beginning heart, considered one of our foremost guys, goes down. On an enormous night time for us, going into the postseason, it regarded unhealthy. It is sort of discouraging to see that. Particularly with CJ [McCollum] being out, it is simply one other factor. Extra adversity, it looks as if, on the flawed time. Like I stated earlier than, we have got to lean on one another much more. We have to belief guys and depend on guys to step up into his position and do it by committee.”
Gamers from different groups, accustomed to going in opposition to Portland’s bodily imposing heart, did not hesitate to ship properly needs, ideas and prayers by way of social media.
Hate this a part of the sport. Prayers up for Nurkic!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 26, 2019
Prayers up for Nurkic!!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 26, 2019
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) March 26, 2019
Man!! Prayers to Nurkic…🙏🏾
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) March 26, 2019
Rattling… hate to see this. Get properly quickly massive man. #nurkic
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) March 26, 2019
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) March 26, 2019