Blazers' Kanter says shoulder injury worsened in 4OT game

Portland center Enes Kanter said his separated shoulder worsened during the first of four overtimes Friday night, a marathon game in which his Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets, 140-137.
Kanter originally suffered the injury in the deciding fifth game of the Blazers’ first-round series with Oklahoma City.
“First overtime, I think I separated my shoulder more,” he told reporters after the win, which gave the Blazers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals. “I had to tuck my arm into my jersey because I couldn’t carry my arm. I’m glad we got a win, man. Whatever it takes. You’ve got to sacrifice everything. I’m proud of my teammates.”
Postgame, Kanter tweeted a photo of himself on a medical table, clearly about to receive treatment. He had a pained expression on his face, with his left arm under the shoulder strap of his jersey.
He captioned the photo: “Whatever it freaking takes #RIPCity”

Kanter played 56 of 68 possible minutes Friday night, scoring 18 points and adding 15 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
“Sometimes you’ve got to make some sacrifices to get a win,” he said. “I’ll get some painkillers for the next game. I hope I can play. But I’ll be fine.”
In his postgame comments Friday night, Blazers coach Terry Stotts praised Kanter.
“He’s a warrior,” Stotts said. “I don’t know how much pain he’s in. It looks like it’s a painful situation for him. … We wouldn’t be in the position we’re in without him. He’s remarkable.”
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

4 thoughts on “Blazers' Kanter says shoulder injury worsened in 4OT game

  • May 5, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers series turns out to be a very exciting and thrilling one.These teams are two powerful teams with a bunch of talents. The nuggets maybe slightly better offensively with young and talented squad while the blazers have lillard and mccollumn the the best back court other than curry and thompson. To win over the other I think it all comes down to adjustments especially in-game adjustments. The strategy to stop or limit each other might be the key to win this series.


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