Stephen Curry, #30 of the Golden State Warriors
  • Stephen Curry, #30 of the Golden State Warriors holds the championship trophy during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade on June 12, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    The incident brought back memories of the gruesome injury suffered by Indiana Pacers’ star Victor Oladipo earlier this season, as well as of Gordon Hayward’s horrendous ankle fracture on opening night of last season.

    Up until his injury, Nurkic had put on a dominant display with 32 points and 16 rebounds. The 16th overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft was having an excellent season, averaging 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 71 games.

    Despite his injury, the Trail Blazers managed to see off the Nets with a 148-144 win, which improved their record to 46-27. Portland is fourth in the Western Conference standings, 0.5 games behind the Houston Rockets.

    Meanwhile the Nets slipped to 38-37 and remain seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, 1.5 games ahead of the Orlando Magic, who would currently be the first team to miss out on a playoff berth if the season ended today.

    Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on November 18, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Will Newton/Getty Images
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