Video: Blazers’ Enes Kanter pulls off volleyball-like spike to stop Nets play
Kanter used a volleyball-like spike to prevent a Hail Mary Nets play, and despite how odd it looked, it actually almost paid off on the other end for the Blazers:
Kanter playing volleyball out there? 😂 pic.twitter.com/kaFXPcAHGu
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 26, 2019
Kanter probably saw Blazers point guard Damian Lillard with a bit of space near half court, so he decided to kickstart a counterattacking play himself. He actually almost hit Lillard with the home run pass — if you can call it that — and it would have absolutely been a momentum-swinging last-second play for the Blazers had it translated into a fast-break deuce.
Kanter was effective in his 21 minutes of action for Portland, as he helped his team to a thrilling 148-144 double-overtime victory against the Nets. The 26-year-old dropped a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench.
However, the story of the evening was the horrific leg injury suffered by Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic. The season-ending injury comes at a terrible time for Portland, with the team losing its starting big man just weeks prior to the playoffs.
For his part, Kanter will almost certainly have a bigger role for the team moving forward in the wake of Nurkic’s injury. Kanter will have a legitimate shot at being handed the starting role for the Blazers, although his defensive shortcomings will definitely have an impact on his minutes the rest of the way.