The NBA is firing its Turkish Twitter account vendor after it omitted Enes Kanter

    Enes Kanter, right, helped the Portland Trail Blazers to a playoff win against the Denver Nuggets in Denver on Wednesday night, evening the series at 1-1.

    (CNN)Portland Trail Blazers center and Turkey native Enes Kanter has a famously strained relationship with his home country's leadership. So when the NBA Turkey Twitter account seemingly subbed him after a solid playoff performance this week, Kanter noticed.

    So did the NBA.
    The league is cutting ties with the Turkish vendor that ran its Turkish-language Twitter account, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said on Thursday, after Kanter alleged that the account was censoring him.
      "The NBA Turkey Twitter account was managed by a local vendor and we are terminating that relationship," Tatum said in an email statement released by the NBA.
      In the backdrop of this episode is Kanter's longstanding criticism of the Turkish government, and that government's public desire to arrest him.
      But the tweets in question relate to the Trail Blazers' 97-90 win against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday in the second game of their second-round playoff series.
      Kanter had 15 points, tied for second most on his team. He also had nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
      The NBA's main Twitter account announced the game's result and top scorers -- and it included Kanter's name and picture.
      The NBA Turkey account had a similar post with all the same names, except Kanter's. The center's image also was missing.
      Kanter wasn't impressed, and tweeted a side-by-side comparison.
      "Only Turkish player out here tonight, and the official @NBA for Turkey @NBAturkiye is censoring me," Kanter tweeted Wednesday. "They don't show Blazers games in Turkey. The government controls people, this a problem. How can official NBA allow this."
      Tatum, in his statement, said fans in Turkey can watch the Trail Blazers and Kanter on NBA League Pass and NBA TV International.
      It wasn't immediately clear what would become of the Turkish account or who would operate it. The account still was posting NBA videos on Friday.

      Kanter also took issue with a fan heckling him about Turkey

      Kanter on Thursday morning also took issue with a fan's heckling in Denver, where Wednesday's game took place.
      The athlete retweeted ESPN writer Royce Young, who noted that someone in the Denver crowd yelled, "Go back to Turkey. Oh wait, you can't!"
      "I wish I could go back to Turkey to see family," Kanter wrote. "But I chose to support Democracy, Freedom and Human rights, I am grateful for most Americans supporting that right. @nuggets take control of your fans."