PORTLAND, Ore. – Trail Blazers Center Jusuf Nurkic climbed onto a stretcher after suffering a severe left leg injury on Monday night in double overtime against the Brooklyn Nets in a jumble of bodies under the basket. After hitting the ground, the Nets players around him saw the severity of the injury and sprinted away.
The arena quieted quickly as Blazer's medical staff hurried to Nurkic. Immediately a stretcher was called, and with the help of some blazers – Damian Lillard, Rodney Hood and Al-Farouq Aminu – the 7-foot Bosnian was loaded on it.
"It made me sick in the stomach," said Lillard. "I think he tried to throw it in, he smashed the glass, and I saw him fall to the ground and tip over quickly, I thought he might have hit his face or something." As I walked over there, otherwise, I saw everyone else turn around quickly and go away, and then I saw and saw his leg ̵
NBA players went to social media to see Jusuf Nurkic support.
Jusuf Nurkic had 32 points and 16 rebounds before suffering a cruel left leg injury in the second overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers outperformed the Brooklyn Nets 148-144 on Monday night.
Lillard said it remembers Paul Georges injury during the Team USA show in Las Vegas in 2014, a game in which Lillard also played.
"That's exactly how it looked to me," said Lillard.
It also recalled memories of Gordon Hayward's cruel ankle injury that took place on the opening night of the 2017/18 season.
Bla Sters coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic had been taken to a local hospital and did not have much to add.
"It's devastating," Stotts said.
Stotts described the Blazer locker room as "quiet" and on. Zach Collins said it was "almost as if we had lost". Enes Kanter said the team kept silence for Nurkic after the game.
Enes Kanter describes the emotions in the Portland dressing room after Jusuf Nurkic suffered a severe left leg injury.
"Nobody can really say anything," said Kanter.
It's a big blow for the Blazers, who have risen in the last few weeks despite a knee injury from CJ McCollum, who has knocked him out in recent weeks. They defeated the networks in double overtime (148-144), which brought for a sixth time in a row a playoff seat for the Blazers.
"We did not celebrate," Stotts said.
Nurkic's injury occurred with 2: 22 remaining in the second hour of overtime and the blazers went two points higher. They continued to close the nets, with a big 3-pointer from Hood and some clutch free throws from Seth Curry defeating the win.
"Honestly, I think it's natural for us to say something like that," Alright, we'll finish the job and get it done, "Lillard said after he hurt himself." Because he does not want to, first of all that we say, "Pity ourselves and Nurk and you do not care so much."
"So we'll finish the job, try it Get the game, but I think after the game starts I do not know what else to say. "
Behind Nurkic are the blazers Kanter, who was signed after renouncing the New York Knicks and Collins.
Nurkic, 24, has scored an average of 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 71 games this season. He finished Monday with 32 points and 16 rebounds before leaving.
"You hate it when he has to go through this His best season in the NBA," said Lillard, "We're going down a crucial stage this season, obviously trying to secure our playoff spot, find our position and then have a postseason so that happens to him, you never want to see that for your boyfriend or teammate, and especially as a player you do not want anyone to go through that.
"And it will be tough for our team as well his. CJ is out already, now he has a serious injury so it was a hit in every way. It felt like this after the game.  At the beginning of this season, the nets experienced a similar situation with guards. Caris LeVert left the court on a chair with towels over his leg, which caused a serious leg injury. (LeVert returned this season, after
The entire Nets team came to Nurkic to wish him well as he left the ground on the track.
"Now in the locker room," Nets said Coach Kenny Atkinson of Nurkic's injury. "They do not talk about the game or the loss. You're saying that a player had a great game and a killer of a player, and you just pray that this is not a long-term thing and he can recover. It just takes the wind out of it, it just is not the same thing. We've been through it, so it's tough – hard for the crowd, hard for everyone. "