Blazers lose Nurkic to severe leg injury, edge Nets in 2 OTs

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen shoots next to Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is out for the rest of the season after suffering a severe leg injury during Monday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

With 2:22 remaining in the second overtime, Nurkic suffered an injury to his left leg as he battled for an offensive rebound. He was carried off on a stretcher as the crowd at the Moda Center gave him a standing ovation.

On Tuesday morning, the Blazers said that Nurkic sustained compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula.

After the game, Damian Lilliard spoke about Nurkic's injury.

"I just felt bad for him. Nurk is a great dude and you hate to see him go through something like that having his best season in the NBA," said Lillard.

The Blazers went on to win the game against the Nets - 148 to 144 - clinching a spot in the playoffs. Nurkic scored 32 of those points.

Lillard called the playoff clinch "bittersweet."

The Blazers said there is no timetable for Nurkic's return to basketball. He underwent surgery Tuesday and the team announced he is expected to make a full recovery. 

On Tuesday, FOX 12 spoke with Blazers fans about the injury.

"It was pretty bad, you know, for the teammates, and during the playoff push and things like that. You never want to see one of their best players go down," said Jacob Jackson.

"Probably one of the biggest thoughts was, yeah, there goes the season," said Adam Chevez. "It's playoff time. Not the best time for this to happen."

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