Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter contributed mightily to his team’s victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2019 NBA Playoffs. In the process he earned a separated shoulder, an injury causing concern about his potential effectiveness in the second round.
Today Kanter took the practice floor for the Blazers, observed by the media pool, who were quick to tweet out observations and assessments.
Here’s video of Kanter on the floor with teammates.
A picture of Kanter holding the shoulder in question:
Kanter here shooting but holding that shoulder from time to time pic.twitter.com/g8ZnycZUXl— Anne M. Peterson (@AnnieMPeterson) April 26, 2019
And other observations:
Enes Kanter in the court with no sling, testing out that left shoulder— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) April 26, 2019
Watching Enes Kanter warm up before Friday’s practice. He has padding over left shoulder. Looks like limited range of motion with left shoulder but he is able to shoot right-handed regularly.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) April 26, 2019
Looks fine.., except when he saw video being shot and then he started acting as if it hurt. Funny man. https://t.co/llpN9jdhqu— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) April 26, 2019
Kanter just stopped his shooting routine and took off shirt to remove the padding on his shoulder. Must have been uncomfortable— Jason Quick (@jwquick) April 26, 2019
We’ll update as we get more.