Nrkic scored 18 points (9-11 FG) while adding 10 rebounds, an assist and a block in 21 minutes before fouling out of Sunday's 102-101 loss to the Mavericks.
He picked up his sixth foul with just over three minutes left in the game and the Blazers clinging to a 97-95 lead, although even with Nurkic on the court they weren't having much luck slowing down Luka Doncic in the fourth quarter. Nurkic now has 25 double-doubles on the season, leaving him two shy of tying last year's career high.
The big man's minutes were capped due to foul trouble, as Nurkic didn't have much of an answer for a dominant Hassan Whiteside down low. Due to a scheduling quirk that gave the Trail Blazers five days off since their last contest -- and with Nurkic having missed that game with knee soreness -- the 24-year-old hadn't taken the court since Jan. 26 prior to Tuesday. The combination of the long layoff and possible residual issues with his knee may have partly led to his struggles, but Nurkic will look to bounce back to his usual levels of production against the Spurs on Thursday.
Nurkic (knee) is not listed on the injury report for Tuesday's game against the Heat, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Nurkic was last seen on the sideline six days ago in the Blazers' last time out against the Jazz, but the soreness in his right knee appears to have subsided in that time and he will be good to go against Miami.
Nurkic will miss his first game with soreness in his right knee, although the injury doesn't appear to be overly serious. Although the official lineup hasn't been released yet, look for Zach Collins to start and see extra run for as long as Nurkic remains out.
Nurkic will presumably test things out during pregame warmups before a final call is made on his status. If the big man is ultimately ruled out and misses his first game of the year, Zach Collins could draw a start and see extra run.
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