The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets tonight in a historic, four-overtime thriller to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoffs series, but starting center Enes Kanter separated his shoulder again in the process. Kanter carried the injury into the series from Round 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but played through it. The shoulder took damage again in the first overtime of Game 3.
Enes Kanter said he thinks he re-separated his left shoulder in the first overtime. Said he had to tuck his arm into his jersey to run back down the floor.— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) May 4, 2019
Kanter was clearly in a ton of pain in the locker room. Said he hopes he can play Sunday after a day in the cold tub, some painkillers and some prayer.— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) May 4, 2019
Despite the injury, Kanter played 56 minutes tonight, contributing 18 points and 15 rebounds to Portland’s cause.