Former Kentucky and current Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter is currently uncertain if he will be healthy and ready to go when the Blazers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Monday.
Kanter is dealing with a separated left shoulder that he sustained in the series-clinching Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN.
“I think the Blazers are doing a very good job taking care of it. But, I mean obviously, I’m not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad,” Kanter said, according to ESPN. “I mean I’m having a hard time changing my shirt or eating food. So it’s a process. We’re just taking it day by day, see how it feels.”
Not only is the shoulder a problem, but Kanter also dealt with a bruised right hand he suffered in the first half of Game 2 against the Thunder.
Kanter was a vitally important piece in the Blazers advancing over the Thunder in five games. His defense was some of the best he’s ever played and he averaged 13.2 points to go along with 10.2 rebounds in those five games.
Damian Lillard is the star for Portland, but they desperately need a healthy version of Kanter if they want to make it to the Western Conference Finals.