Nurkic registered 15 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 23 minutes in Monday's preseason game against Golden State. Nurkic led the way for Portland in the rebounding department and finished with a double-double in his 2021 preseason debut. The center had a down year in terms of production in 2020, averaging 11.5 points and 9.0 rebounds through 37 games. Nurkic will aim to return to his 2018 form, a year he put up 15.6 points and 10.4 boards over 72 contests.
Nurkic has a bruised left thumb but will be available for Tuesday's Game 5 at Denver, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports. The 26-year-old apparently suffered the injury during Game 4 on Saturday, but the issue isn't serious enough to saddle him with an injury designation for Tuesday. Nurkic has averaged 13.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in 29.3 minutes across the first four games of the series.
Nurkic accumulated 13 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, six assists and one block in 31 minutes before fouling out of Thursday's 120-115 loss to the Nuggets. The 26-year-old bounced back from Monday's seven-point effort to post 13 points on 50 percent field-goal shooting. Nurkic has been solid on the boards so far this series, averaging 12.7 rebounds over his last three games. The Blazers will need the seventh-year center to keep up his impressive rebounding pace if they want to even the series in Game 4 on Saturday.
Nurkic posted seven points (2-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot across 25 minutes in Monday's 128-109 loss to the Nuggets. With the game getting out of hand, Portland had nothing to lose by putting Nurkic out there with five fouls, and he got his sixth with more than nine minutes left in the game. Rudy Gobert is probably the only big man who can draw a foul better than Nikola Jokic. Although Nurkic outrebounded the MVP favorite, Jokic got the best of him whenever he got too aggressive under the basket. Nurkic doesn't need to do the impossible against Jokic, but even a modest reduction in Jokic's production could be a difference-maker in the series.
Nurkic ended with 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes during Saturday's 123-109 victory over the Nuggets. Nurkic fared well against the Nuggets on Saturday, despite the fact he was tasked with defending Nikola Jokic. Enes Kanter played just 15 minutes in the victory, as Nurkic continues to look more and more like the player we expected to see this season. Based on what we saw in Game 1, Jokic is going to be the primary option on offense for the Nuggets, and so Nurkic is going to need to be at his best if the Trail Blazers are to advance.
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