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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.

Iman Shumpert denies he tried to enter Blazers locker room, apologizes to fans

Iman Shumpert denies he tried to enter Blazers locker room, apologizes to fans

The narrative is that Kings guard Iman Shumpert tried to enter the Trail Blazers locker room in search of Portland center Jusuf Nurkic after the Kings' win on Monday night.

But according to Shumpert, that's not what happened.

Why did Shumpert want to talk to Nurkic? It appears Shumpert wasn't happy about a screen Nurkic set in the first quarter.

“Some stuff just needs to be between me and him,” Shumpert told reporters after the game. “A conversation between two men. At the end of the day, this league is a bunch of men. A bunch of great men off the court. Some stuff happened that we needed to have a conversation about.”

Nurkic wasn't so diplomatic about everything after the game, even taking a shot at the 28-year-old Shumpert.

“I just said what I said. I’m not worried about him,” Nurkic told reporters. “I’m not worried about a guy who’s going into retirement soon.”

Regardless, a few hours after the game, Shumpert sent out a tweet apologizing for his actions.

If Shump and Nurk still want a piece of each other, they'll have to wait until the regular season finale on April 10 in Portland when the Kings and Blazers meet for the third and final time this season.

Why Iman Shumpert looked for Jusuf Nurkic after Kings beat Trail Blazers

Why Iman Shumpert looked for Jusuf Nurkic after Kings beat Trail Blazers

SACRAMENTO -- We’ve got a beef. Or, maybe a missed opportunity for a conversation between two competitors.

Following the Kings' 115-107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at Golden 1 Center, veteran wing, Iman Shumpert ventured over to the visiting locker room to have a chat with Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic.

According to Shumpert, he wasn’t looking for a fight, just a discussion with Portland’s center about a few plays that took place during the game. The two exchanged a few words on the court during the first quarter when Shumpert attempted to go around Nurkic on a screen near the top of the key.

“Some stuff just needs to be between me and him,” Shumpert said. “A conversation between two men. At the end of the day, this league is a bunch of men. A bunch of great men off the court. Some stuff happened that we needed to have a conversation about.”

Despite the media’s attempts to sort out the situation, Shumpert wasn’t biting.

“Y'all can review the game tonight,” Shumpert said. “The Scores was on. The Scores won. Everybody’s got a TV to watch the game. I just wanted to have a conversation with the man. Nothing malicious. Nothing crazy. I didn’t go over there and bombard the locker room.”

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Nurkic, 24, wasn’t available when Shumpert arrived, which helped defuse the situation. When asked about what was said on the court between the two, he didn’t exactly answer the question -- or put the disagreement to rest.

“I just said what I said. I’m not worried about him,” Nurkic said of the 28-year-old Shumpert. “I’m not worried about a guy who’s going into retirement soon.”

The two won’t have an opportunity to break bread for a while. Sacramento and Portland won’t face off again until April 10, the final game of the 2018-19 season.

If the first two matchups between the two teams is any barometer, it should be a lively evening at the Moda Center in Portland.