Nurkic accounted for 17 points (8-18 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and four blocks across 30 minutes in Sunday's 122-109 win over the Clippers. The 23-year-old encouragingly stayed out of foul trouble for a change, which gave him more than enough minutes to generate his third double-double in the last five contests. Nurkic was notably effective as a rim protector as well, with the four blocks he racked up serving as his best figure in that category since Feb. 8. The outlook on Nurkic is essentially the same night to night -- if he steers clear of the referee's whistle, he's capable of offering top-15 center production in virtually any matchup.
Nurkic posted 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes during Saturday's 100-87 win over the Pistons. Over the past six games, Nurkic has only managed 22.7 minutes on the floor, and it appears thatNurkic got into foul trouble in all of those games. He did have three double-doubles over that span, but a minutes dip can lower a player's numbers in the long run. As long as he can keep a steady average of more than 25 minutes, he should be a more dependable source of production.
Nurkic is dealing with a sore right ankle, but is probable for Saturday's game against the Pistons, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports. Nurkic likely tweaked the ankle at some point over the last few days, but it's nothing overly serious and he's fully expected to play through it. Barring an uptick in discomfort during pregame warmups, look for Nurkic to take on his typical role in the starting lineup at center.
Nurkic totaled seven points (3-9 FG, 1-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and one block across 19 minutes in Thursday's 113-105 win over the Cavaliers. Nurkic racked up four fouls during his modest time on the court, limiting his overall production. He was still a dominant force on the boards, posting his third straight double-digit rebounding effort and fourth overall in the last five games. The 23-year-old's talent is undeniable, but his frequent issues with the referee's whistle can cap his contributions on any given night. Despite having tallied at least four fouls in five of seven March contests, Nurkic is averaging a solid 13.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 22.1 minutes during the month thus far.
Nurkic produced 27 points (12-18 FG, 3-5 FT), 16 rebounds, three blocked shots and an assist in 31 minutes during Monday's 114-99 win over the Heat. Nurkic's double-double was not as impressive as his point total. He's only scored twenty points or more 12 times this season and more than 10 rebounds only 20 times. As a result, he's been more capable of producing a modest stat line with balance than an explosive performance like this one. While Lillard and McCollum are the true linchpins of this offense, Nurkic will be the variable that can make the difference in this playoff run.
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