Port­land’s Kan­ter un­cer­tain for 2nd round

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports -

Trail Blaz­ers cen­ter Enes Kan­ter’s status for the sec­ond round of the play­offs re­mains un­cer­tain be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury as Port­land waits to learn its op­po­nent.

Kan­ter says he sep­a­rated his left shoul­der early on dur­ing Port­land’s de­cid­ing Game 5 against Ok­la­homa City on Tues­day in the open­ing round. The Blaz­ers re­turned to prac­tice Fri­day.

Blaz­ers coach Terry Stotts said he was hope­ful Kan­ter could play in Game 1, set for Mon­day re­gard­less of the op­po­nent. He said the ex­tended break – Port­land was the first team in the West to ad­vance to the next round – will help.

Kan­ter av­er­aged 13.1 points and 8.6 re­bounds in 23 games down the stretch with the Blaz­ers, in­clud­ing eight starts. In the play­offs, he is av­er­ag­ing 13.2 points and 10.2 re­bounds. In Game 1 against the Thun­der, he had 20 points and 18 re­bounds and was dubbed the game’s MVP by team­mate Damian Lil­lard.

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