Nurkic (leg) is yet to be cleared for on-court work, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
Nurkic continues to work his way back from a lower-leg fracture, which kept him out of most of the Blazers' first-round series against Golden State. Back in late-April, Nurkic was given a timeline of 2-to-3 months, so with that in mind, he'll likely be back up to speed within the next few weeks. GM Neil Olshey said Monday that Nurkic is expected to be ready well before the start of camp in September.
Nurkic (leg) believes his fracture will take 2-3 months to fully heal, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
While the word is coming from Nurkic rather than official team doctor, it's the best indication of a recovery time that has been noted at the moment. By his estimate, the earliest his leg could be fully healed is late June or early July. Thankfully for him and the team, that timetable will probably still leave him with ample opportunity in the offseason to improve his body and his game before the start of training camp next season. Those thinking about drafting him in fantasy next season shouldn't have any reason to be concerned about the status of his leg, unless he encounters a setback during his rehabilitation.
Nurkic (leg) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
Following a nine-game absence, Nurkic unexpectedly returned to the starting lineup for Game 3 on Saturday, posting two points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a block in a limited 17 minutes. It's unclear if he suffered any sort of setback or if the Trail Blazers are trying to avoid an aggravation, but coach Terry Stotts has already announced he'll hold Nurkic out. The Warriors have a commanding 3-0 lead and are favorites to close out the series on Monday, so Nurkic could very well have played his last game of the 2016-17 season. With Nurkic sidelined, Noah Vonleh is expected to reclaim a spot in the top unit, while Meyers Leonard should be in line for a bigger role as well.
Nurkic posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, four assists and one block across 17 minutes during a 119-113 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Nurkic (leg) played in his first game since March 30, and hauled home 11 boards in limited minutes. Considering he only played 17 minutes, this was a fairly good line from Nurkic. The team's season is on the line for the rest of the series, so we'll see if the team plans to increase his workload slightly. Barring any setbacks, expect him to be starting again in Game 4.
Nurkic (leg) will start Game 3 against the Warriors, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
In somewhat of an unexpected development, Nurkic will take the floor for the first time since Mar. 30 after going through a pregame workout to test out his leg. The big man had been recovering from a lower-leg fracture and was initially believed to have only an outside chance to play Saturday. Nonetheless, he'll get the start at center, pushing Noah Vonleh, who's struggled through the first two games of the series, to the bench. Nurkic will reportedly face a playing time restriction, but the team has not revealed exactly how many minutes he has been cleared to play.
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