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SportTrail Blazers' Enes Kanter will observe Ramadan during playoffs

08:45  06 may  2019
08:45  06 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Trail Blazers ' Enes Kanter to observe Ramadan during NBA playoffs . While Kanter has played basketball through Ramadan before, he has never done so during the playoffs . This is because Ramadan moves back 11 days each year due to Muslims observing a lunar calendar which is 11

During Ramadan , Kanter , whose Trail Blazers are taking on the Nuggets in a second-round series, will eat breakfast at 4 a.m. before fasting from During the fast, Kanter will not eat, drink or take medicine for his separated shoulder. Kanter has fasted during the holiday while playing basketball

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Enes Kanter will observe Ramadan starting Monday, the center told the New York Times recently.​

During Ramadan, Kanter, whose Trail Blazers are taking on the Nuggets in a second-round series, will eat breakfast at 4 a.m. before fasting from sunrise until sunset, he told the Times. During the fast, Kanter will not eat, drink or take medicine for his separated shoulder.

Kanter has fasted during the holiday while playing basketball for at least 10 years, he said, but this is the first time it has overlapped with the postseason for him. Ramadan moves back 11 days each year because its date is determined by a lunar calendar.

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Portland Trail Blazer ’s newest player, Enes Kanter , will observe Ramadan this year during the NBA playoffs —a first for the Turkish center who was drafted mid-season. Kanter , the New York Times reports, has fasted while playing professional basketball for the past decade, starting when he was 16.

On Monday, around 4 a.m., Enes Kanter will wake up, eat a light breakfast of yogurt, fruit and peanut butter, and drink as much water as he can. Then for the roughly 16 hours between sunrise and sunset in Portland, Ore., the center for the Portland Trail Blazers will abstain from eating

“I actually work harder during Ramadan because my body’s used to it,” Kanter said.

The Trail Blazers big man has been a vital player in the middle for Portland during this year's NBA playoffs. He is averaging 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He has helped the team overcome the absence of Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered a season-ending leg injury in late March.

Kanter signed with Portland after he was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. He has also played for the Jazz and Thunder during his eight-year career.

The Trail Blazers will face the Nuggets in Denver in Game 5 on Tuesday. The teams will enter that matchup with the series tied at 2-2.

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