Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a serious leg injury in double overtime against the Nets on Monday.
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a serious leg injury during Monday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced.
Nurkic is out indefinitely after suffering compound fractures to the tibia and fibula of his lower left leg in the 148-144 Portland victory. With 2:22 left in the second overtime, Nurkic went down after battling for an offensive rebound. The Bosnian laid on the floor for several minutes before leaving the court on a stretcher and being transported to a local hospital.
"It made me sick to my stomach," Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. "I think he tried to tip it in, he crashed the glass and I saw him hit the ground and roll over real quick, and I thought maybe he got hit in the face or something again. As I was walking over there, I saw everybody else turn around real quick and walk away, and then I looked and saw his leg—and you just hate to see that happen to him."
The win clinched a postseason berth for the Trail Blazers, who sit half a game behind the Houston Rockets for the third seed in the Western Conference standings.
Nurkic had been amidst a career performance, dominating against the Nets' smaller lineups to the tune of 32 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
The 24-year-old averaged a career-high 15.6 points, with 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his fifth NBA season.