Nurkic underwent surgery on his left leg Tuesday to repair compound fractures, although he avoided any nerve or muscle damage, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This is great news for Nurkic, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season but will aim to make a full recovery after steering clear of any nerve damage. A timetable for his return has yet to be released this early in his recovery process, although it's reasonable to believe he could be back on the court at some point during the 2019-20 campaign. Enes Kanter and Zach Collins are expected to split the minutes at center while Nurkic is shut down.
Nurkic was diagnosed with compound fractures to the tibia and fibula of his lower left leg after exiting Monday's 148-144 loss to the Nets in double overtime.
Nurkic put up monstrous numbers (32 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two assists in 34 minutes) prior to departing in the second extra period when he came down awkwardly after leaping for a rebound. The injury looked gruesome in real time, with medical personnel immediately rushing to the court with a stretcher to cart Nurkic to the locker room. The diagnosis thus doesn't come as much of a surprise, and almost certainly spells an end to what had been a breakout season for the 24-year-old center. Nurkic, who has averaged 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the campaign, will likely be replaced on the top unit by Enes Kanter.
Nurkic suffered a serious leg injury in Monday's game against the Nets, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
Deflating news for the Trail Blazers as the big man was taken off the court on a stretcher during the second overtime period of Monday's contest. Look for more updates to come as information is made available, but for now it seems like a season-ending injury for Nurkic.
Nurkic furnished 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 31 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 117-112 win over the Pistons on Saturday.
Nurkic turned in an efficient, well-balanced effort in the ongoing absence of C.J. McCollum (knee), checking in as the third wheel scoring-wise behind Damian Lillard and Al-Farouq Aminu. The big man did see a five-game double-double streak snapped in the tough matchup down low versus Andre Drummond, but he remains a highly dependable asset at center across all formats. Moreover, with McCollum set to also miss Monday's game versus the Nets, Nurkic could make for an especially rewarding play in daily formats against a Brooklyn squad that just surrendered a 33-point, 20-rebound, six-block effort to the Lakers' JaVale McGee on Friday.
Nurkic generated 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and one block across 22 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 126-118 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday.
For a change, Nurkic's abbreviated minutes weren't a result of foul trouble. Instead, it was the Trail Blazers' comfortable lead in the second half that provided him some valuable time off after a highly efficient performance. Nurkic has now churned out five consecutive double-doubles, and he should enjoy a boost in usage to some degree as long as C.J. McCollum (knee) remains out. Notably, Nurkic had put up 21 and 15 shots, respectively, in 30-minute-plus workloads over the prior two games, which consisted of the game McCollum exited early and the two-guard's first absence; his reduced playing time Wednesday was the only factor preventing a recurrence of the same.
Nurkic tallied 18 points (8-15 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, and two assists in 31 minutes during Monday's 106-98 victory over Indiana.
Nurkic fouled out in 31 minutes Monday but was still able to end the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nurkic has been one of the more surprising fantasy players this season and is currently the 36 ranked player in standard formats. Once again, Enes Kanter was a non-factor and it was simply the foul trouble that limited Nurkic. The Trail Blazers will get a night off before hosting the Mavericks in what should be a favorable matchup for Nurkic.
Nurkic tallied 24 points (10-21 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Saturday's 108-103 loss to the Spurs.
Nurkic was excellent for the Trail Blazers in their loss Saturday, finishing with 24 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. He has been nothing short of amazing this season, playing well above where he was drafted in many formats. The arrival of Enes Kanter has given the Trail Blazers much-needed depth but has not impacted Nurkic's playing time or production. If C.J McCollum is forced to miss any time, Nurkic could see a slight bump in his usage moving forward.
Nurkic put up 20 points (6-14 FG, 8-9 FT), 12 rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes Tuesday in the Trail Blazers' 125-104 win over the Clippers.
Nurkic's vast improvement from the charity stripe is the main reason he's enjoying the best fantasy season of his five years in the NBA, and he's been especially efficient of late. Over his last 10 games, Nurkic is converting at a 85.9 percent clip on a whopping 6.4 attempts per contest. He now owns a 77 percent mark for the season, an uptick of nearly 11 percentage points from his career rate.
Nurkic tallied 14 points (4-12 FG, 6-8 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and one block in 22 minutes during Saturday's 127-120 victory over Phoenix.
Nurkic played just 22 minutes in Saturday's victory, the majority of those coming in the first half. The Trail Blazers were well in control for much of the game and the starters were no required down the stretch. Nurkic has been fantastic thus far this season and shows no signs of slowing down. The arrival of Enes Kanter has done nothing to impact Nurkic's playing time and he should remain a solid top-50 player down the stretch.
Nurkic totaled 13 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 17 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Thursday's 129-121 loss to Oklahoma City.
Nurkic was ejected with just seconds remaining in regulation after picking up his second technical foul. Things got heated between Nurkic and Paul George with both players receiving technicals. His absence certainly contributed to the Thunder being able to run away with the game in overtime as the Trail Blazers were lacking on their interior defense. Nurkic still managed to put together a solid stat line, continuing his impressive fantasy season.
Nurkic scored 26 points (8-13 FG, 10-11 FT) while adding 15 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 29 minutes during Sunday's 118-108 win over the Hornets.
He dominated a thin Charlotte frontcourt to record his 29th double-double of the season. Nurkic is averaging a double-double this year for the first time in his career, and the 24-year-old has also added to his fantasy value with a much-improved performance at the free-throw line.
Nurkic totaled 16 points (5-10 FG, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal across 30 minutes in the Trail Blazers' win over the Celtics on Wednesday.
Nurkic posted a solid game in Wednesday's win, stuffing the stat sheet. In his last six games prior to Wednesday, Nurkic has averaged 17.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in a productive campaign.
Nurkic accumulated 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes Monday against the Cavaliers.
Nurkic was effective in the scoring department and on the boards, falling just two rebounds shy of his fourth straight double-double. The 7-0 center had experienced unexpected scoring contributions over his previous two contests (27 and 24 points), but he appears to have fallen back down to Earth.
Nurkic contributed 24 points (9-13 FG, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds and four asssits in 23 minutes during Saturday's win over the 76ers.
Nurkic was extremely productive in limited run Saturday, as he recorded his 29th double-double of the season and hit 20-plus points for the second-straight game. He's excelled in his second full season in Portland, and has upped his production across the baord form a year ago. Through 57 games, Nurkic is averaging career-highs in points (15.2), rebounds (10.2), assists (3.1), blocks (1.5), steals (1.0) and free-throw percentage (75.3 percent). He's a good bet to continue putting up solid lines the rest of the season and is a key contributor for the Trail Blazers despite playing just 27.3 minutes per game on average.
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.
Nurkic (knee) managed just eight points (2-7 FG, 4-4 FT), six assists, five rebounds and one steal across 23 minutes in the Trail Blazers' 118-108 loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
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 (knee) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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 is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz due to a sore right knee, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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.
Nurkic ended with 16 points (4-13 FG, 8-8 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and one block in 24 minutes during Thursday's 120-106 victory over the Suns.
Nurkic played just 24 minutes in Thursday's blowout, hitting 4-of-13 shot attempts on his way to 16 points. The low playing time is nothing for his owners to be concerned with and the inefficiency is not something that will become an issue. He has been simply amazing this season and will look to continue his stellar play in a favorable matchup against the Hawks on Saturday.
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