Blazers coach Terry Stotts describes Jusuf Nurkic’s injury as ‘devastating’
Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic suffered a gruesome leg injury during the second overtime of their 148-144 win against the Brooklyn Nets. He was taken off the court with a stretcher and was immediately taken to a local area hospital.
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is obviously upset with what happened, as Nurkic was having a career year with the team. He said losing the Bosnian big man to a gruesome injury was devastating.
Terry Stotts says Jusuf Nurkić is at a local area hospital. Calls the injury “devastating.”
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 26, 2019
The extent of Nurkic’s injury is yet to be determined, but if speculations are true about his leg being broken, he’s looking at 8-12 months of recovery period.
This couldn’t come at a worse timing for the Blazers, who are already gearing up for the playoffs. They are currently fourth in the Western Conference, and without Jusuf Nurkic, they lost their best rim protector. Enes Kanter is expected to play significant minutes moving forward.
Players and fans took to social media to send their well wishes to Nurkic, who has been one of the main reasons why the Blazers have been very successful this season.
Nurkic is averaging 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game this season. He exited the Blazers-Nets game with 32 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals.
Updates regarding Nurkic’s injury are expected to be released within the next couple of hours.