Video: Jazz's Trey Burke goes down with bizarre neck injury in loss

Thursday March 26th, 2015

The game was on the line, and Jazz guard Trey Burke was felled by a strange pain in his neck. 

NBA injuries don't get much more unusual than the one suffered by Burke during the final minute of Utah's 92-89 home loss to Portland on Wednesday.

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[daily_cut.NBA] With less than 30 seconds remaining and the Blazers clinging to a one-point lead, Burke prepared to bring the ball up the court but essentially stopped in his tracks despite a lack of any noticeable contact. Burke clutched at the back right side of his neck and briefly lost control of the ball as he attempted to manage the pain and signal for timeout. He eventually was able to retain possession and signal for the timeout before crouching on the court.

Utah's medical staff then attended to Burke, who would eventually remain in the game after the timeout. 

"[My neck] went numb, like a pinched nerve," Burke said, according to, adding that he was "scared" during the sequence.

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​ Unfortunately for the home crowd, Burke missed a shot on the Jazz's ensuing possession, helping the Blazers escape with the victory.

Damian Lillard scored a team-high 23 points, dished 12 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in helping Portland end its five-game losing streak. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Derrick Favors tallied a team-high 26 points and 13 rebounds for Utah. Burke finished with 22 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Portland improved to 45-25. Utah fell to 31-40.

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