NBA players react to Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic’s leg injury
The Portland Trail Blazers lose Jusuf Nurkic to a horrific leg injury late in their game against the Brooklyn Nets.
As such, the Bosnian Beast’s fellow players expressed their reactions toward Nurkic’s unfortunate fate.
Man!! Prayers to Nurkic…🙏🏾
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) March 26, 2019
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 26, 2019
get well soon big fella @bosnianbeast27
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) March 26, 2019
Prayers for you big fella! @bosnianbeast27
— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) March 26, 2019
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) March 26, 2019
Damn:(( praying for big fella🙏🏼 awful injury ☹️
— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) March 26, 2019
Speechless… Prayers up Nurk 🙏🏼 @bosnianbeast27
— Pat Connaughton (@PlanetPat5) March 26, 2019
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) March 26, 2019
Prayers up for @bosnianbeast27 🙏🏽
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) March 26, 2019
Prayers out to @bosnianbeast27 🙏🏾
— andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) March 26, 2019
Jusuf Nurkic suffered what looked like a broken leg during the 2:24 mark of the second overtime between the Blazers and the Brooklyn Nets. He was going for a rebound when he stepped onto someone’s leg, which caused him to land in an awkward position. He was clearly in pain and was taken off the court with a stretcher. Fans and players were obviously in shock with what happened.
The Bosnian big has been instrumental to the Blazers’ success this season, as he emerged as one of their primary options on offense and their main anchor on defense. He is having the best season of his young career, averaging 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks.
The Blazers were able to hold-off the Nets, as they won the game 148-144. However, they are going to head into the postseason without one of their best players, and it is likely that he will be sidelined for quite a long time.
Updates are expected to be released soon, but if Nurkic’s injury is similar to what happened to Gordon Hayward last season, then it could take him eight to 12 months to recover.