As the Utah Jazz enter the most critical stretch of their season, they may be forced to make their playoff push without an integral part of their lineup. Enes Kanter, Utah's 6-foot-10 backup center, suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the second quarter of Wednesday night's 103-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The second-year big man from Turkey sustained the injury while wrestling on the floor for a loose ball with Phoenix's Hamed Haddadi with 10:23 remaining in the second quarter. When the official's whistle blew signaling a jump ball, Kanter sat up and was obviously in severe pain as he stood up and slowly made his way toward the Jazz bench — his collarbone visibly jutting up out of his shoulder socket. It was an ugly sight that was difficult to watch, putting somewhat of a damper on the Jazz's victory as they try to overtake the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Wincing with terrible discomfort etched all over his face, Kanter was immediately taken into the locker room by Jazz trainer Gary Briggs — who briefly appeared to be trying to pop Kanter's shoulder back in place courtside, but to no avail. Kanter was scheduled for an MRI evaluation on the shoulder today. "I'm all right," the effervescent Kanter said in the locker room after the game, his left arm hanging in a sling. "I just fell to the ground and the other guy just fell on my arm. It's disconnected, but I'm all right.
Enes Kanter suffers shoulder injury in win over Suns
The Deseret News | Mar 28