Jusuf Nurkic suffers ‘devastating’ compound fractures during Blazers’ win

  • Portland center hurt after leg bends awkwardly on rebound
  • Injury comes as Trailblazers secure NBA playoff spot

They had just clinched a playoff spot, though there were no cheers or celebrations from the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, just silence and prayers for Jusuf Nurkic. The gruesome injury suffered by their center overshadowed everything else on Monday night.

“Devastating,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of the injury. Nurkic had 32 points and 16 rebounds before suffering his left leg injury in the second overtime, as the Blazers outlasted the Brooklyn Nets 148-144.

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