It was a bittersweet win for the Portland Trail Blazers.
With a double-overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets, the franchise clinched its sixth-straight playoff berth. However, en route to the win, in the second overtime period, their starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a serious left leg injury which saw him carried off on a stretcher.
It didn't take long for everybody to realise the severity of the injury and prayers from Nurkic's peers came in quick over Twitter:
Hate this part of the game. Prayers up for Nurkic!- DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 26, 2019
Prayers up for Nurkic!!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾- Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 26, 2019
Damn man thoughts and prayers 🙏🏽 #StayStrong @bosnianbeast27- Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) March 26, 2019
Nurkic🙏🏿- DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) March 26, 2019
Prayers up for @bosnianbeast27 🙏🏽- Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) March 26, 2019
Man!! Prayers to Nurkic...🙏🏾- DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) March 26, 2019
get well soon big fella @bosnianbeast27- Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) March 26, 2019
Best wishes @bosnianbeast27. Stay strong and come back even stronger. #NBAFamily 🙏🏼- Pau Gasol (@paugasol) March 26, 2019
Damn... hate to see this. Get well soon big guy. #nurkic- Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) March 26, 2019
Prayers for you big fella! @bosnianbeast27- Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) March 26, 2019
Nurkic🙏🙏- Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 26, 2019
Before he could see all the wishes on Twitter, the fans at the Moda Center made sure he heard their support as he was being carted off.
Trail Blazers fans show Jusuf Nurkic support as he gets carted off after suffering gruesome left leg injury 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZsNThlRq9j- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 26, 2019
In 2017, Nurkic suffered a broken right leg, ending his season. He went on to appear in a career-high 79 games in the 2017/18 season after a strong comeback and has played in 72 of a possible 73 games this season.