The unbelievable victory by the Portland Trail Blazers over the Oklahoma City Thunder is marred by a huge loss.
Center Enes Kanter suffered a separated shoulder on a hard hit under the basket by Thunder center Steven Adams. He showed up to the post-game press conference with a giant sling.
Kanter just told us he separated his shoulder and he had an injection at halftime. pic.twitter.com/ns9h8h98FP— E. García Gundersen (@Erik_Gundersen) April 24, 2019
His arm was in a sling during the post-game press conference, in which he stated his intention to play through the pain:
Video: Enes Kanter injury update #RipCity pic.twitter.com/dGfdAwlDqt— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) April 24, 2019
Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds at halftime, while also struggling with a leg injury. Over the first round series, he averaged 13.3 points and 9.8 rebounds.
Portland has time off while they await the winner of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets. Denver leads the series, three games to two.