Storyline: Enes Kanter Injury

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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. Kanter was shooting during the workout, although at times he rubbed the shoulder. “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,” he said. “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.”
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This time around, Kanter — a midseason pickup by the Blazers — started in place of injured Portland center Jusuf Nurkic and averaged 29.3 minutes per game in the series, as well as 13.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Kanter did so during Tuesday’s Game 5 while playing through a separated left shoulder suffered in the first quarter. He received an injection in the shoulder at halftime and gutted his way through 32 minutes despite clearly being pain at times. “I just tried to play through it,” Kanter said afterward. “We’ll see what happens in the future.”

Enes Kanter wants to play again if he can before the Knicks call it a (bad) season after four more games. There may be megamillions of reasons for him not to risk it with the chance to opt out from the final year of his contract, but he’s still all in here. “It would be really selfish to think about opting in or opting out or thinking about my contract,” Kanter said after sitting out practice Thursday due to soreness in his lower back and right wrist that cost him the last two games. “Giving up on my teammates and my team would be really selfish. The Knicks are still paying me. I’m still part of the team. If I feel healthy, I’m just going to go out there and fight.”

Enes Kanter showed up for the Knicks game with the Hawks on Sunday on crutches. So naturally, he started. “If you’re going to make the playoffs, you’re going to make some sacrifices,” said Kanter, who was feeling the effects of getting kneed in the hip Saturday in Chicago — an injury that left him on crutches for two days. “I was in pain but [the doctors] just literally said, ‘Hey, if you want to play, we’re not going to say don’t play.’ “They just say, ‘OK, it’s your decision.’ ”

Maybe it was the pain medication talking, but center Enes Kanter vowed to play Monday, when the Knicks return home from their disastrous 0-2 Southern trip to play Portland. Kanter missed both losses with back spasms and still hasn’t recovered, but he wants to suit up anyhow if team doctors allow it. The Knicks’ quirky, old-school center is the antithesis of the modern-day NBA player who prefers to err on the side of caution. “[Saturday] morning I was still having a hard time even walking,’’ Kanter said late Saturday night after the shorthanded Knicks blew a 22-point first-quarter lead in losing to the Rockets. “But I think I’m going to try to play the next game Monday. I might not be 100 percent, but I’m going to try to play Monday. If they don’t give me the green light, I can’t do anything about it. But I want to play Monday for sure.”
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