Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

NBPA releases statement in support to Enes Kanter

NBPA releases statement in support to Enes Kanter

At some point during Friday's marathon Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic threw an elbow into Enes Kanter's injured left shoulder, to which Kanter took exception on social media after the game.

The Blazers were led by CJ McCollum's 41 points, with 18 of those coming in overtime. Hood came off the bench to score seven points in the final OT and help the Blazers remain unbeaten at home this postseason.

The Nuggets trimmed a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to 95-90 in the final minute thanks to an astonishing 14 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and a 19-9 run before Rodney Hood's two free throws with 17 seconds left iced it. Now they're focused on keeping it as their series shift to Boston and Portland. It's the Blazers first since Game 4 of the 2016 conference semifinals. I don't know if it was as much elation as it was relief.

The series opener was a high-scoring affair as Denver cruised to a 121-113 victory behind Nikola Jokic's 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

"Each overtime it seemed like we come out with a five-point lead, then they go up", Lillard said.

The Celtics and Trail Blazers have stolen home-court advantage in their respective second-round playoff series.

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Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers after rolling his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 and sitting out the rest of the way.

"They say the series starts when someone wins a game on the road and we were able to do that", said Damian Lillard, who had a poor night shooting in Game 2.

Stotts meanwhile praised the defensive effort that restricted Jokic, but was unhappy that the Serbian managed to haul down 14 rebounds throughout the game. It was nearly like, when is this game going to end?

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that he admonished his team at halftime, telling them: "If you're not making shots, maybe attack the basket, maybe get to the foul line, maybe get to the rim". In each of Denver's other four games, Murray has put up no more than 17 points on worse than 39.0 percent shooting.

"I think what he did for our team tonight was huge". It forced role players to step up, which they did in a big way. The team went 15-48 under Bickerstaff in 2017-18 and 33-49 this season.

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