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.
Nurkic registered 20 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's 132-116 win over the Nuggets.
The 26-year-old ended his regular season on a high note after totaling just 18 points over his previous two games, scoring 20 points in just 20 minutes. The Blazers won 10 of their last 12 games thanks in large part due to Nurkic's stellar play as he averaged 14.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals while shooting 54.8 percent from the field in that span. The seventh-year center will hope to carry his late-season success into the NBA playoffs for the sixth-seeded Blazers.
Nurkic managed 11 points (3-14 FG, 5-8 FT), 15 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks during Wednesday's 105-98 win over Utah.
Despite a sluggish offensive performance, to say the least, Nurkic picked up the slack on the glass, leading the Blazers in rebounding. It was his third game over the past five with at least 11 rebounds. Across his past five outings, Nurkic has averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 10.8 rebounds.
Nurkic provided 22 points (10-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Monday's 140-129 win over the Rockets.
It's hard to knock Nurkic's string of performances, but it would help the Trail Blazers immensely if he could show a bit more hustle. Since his return, his innate talents have yielded some standout totals, but he seems to have lost a step and finds himself boxed out more often. The result is more variance in his rebound totals, especially on the defensive end. If he can return to his pre-injury totals on a more consistent basis, Portland will look like a more complete team as they compete in the playoffs.
Nurkic finished Friday's 106-101 victory over the Lakers with 10 points (5-8 FG), 13 rebounds, five assists and one steal across 31 minutes.
Nurkic mostly left the scoring to star teammates Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but he still made a big impact with 13 boards and five dimes. The center's ability to contribute across multiple categories is a big part of his appeal both for Portland and for fantasy managers who roster him. On the season, Nurkic is averaging 10.8 points, 8.8 boards, 3.3 dimes and 1.0 blocks while shooting 50.9 percent from the field.
Nurkic had 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in Wednesday's win over the Cavs.
The game got out of hand in the third quarter, so the Blazers were able to pull back on their starters' minutes for much of the second half. Nurkic still found time to rack up his sixth double-double in the last eight games while posting his highest blocks total of the season.
Nurkic totaled 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes in Sunday's 129-119 win over the Celtics.
Nurkic was the only starter who didn't play at least 30 minutes Sunday, but he still led the Trail Blazers on the boards and recorded his fifth double-double in his last six games. The 26-year-old has averaged 17.5 points and 12.8 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game across the last six contests.
Nurkic mustered 23 points (9-12 FG, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds and an assist across 26 minutes in Friday's win over the Nets.
Nurkic had a strong double-double in this win and was also extremely efficient, as he missed just three shots from the field. This was his fifth straight game scoring in double digits and the fourth time he reached the 15-point plateau in that span, while also putting up four double-doubles in that stretch. Undoubtedly, he's getting hot at the right time.
Nurkic had 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-6 FT), nine boards, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over Memphis.
Nurkic wasn't able to replicate his pair of monster efforts against the Grizzlies over the weekend, but he still turned in a strong line considering he only saw 21 minutes of action in the blowout victory. Over his last four games, Nurkic is putting up 17.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks in 24.8 minutes.
Nurkic scored 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-5 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 20 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Pacers.
Facing a depleted Indiana frontcourt, both Nurkic and Enes Kanter (in only 15 minutes off the bench) posted double-doubles in a blowout victory. Nurkic has dominated the glass over the last three games, recording a double-double in each while averaging 17.7 points, 15.3 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals.
Nurkic had 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-5 FT), 19 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes during Sunday's 120-113 loss to Memphis.
Coming off of his best game of the season Friday, Nurkic followed up with another monster performance, but Portland still dropped its fifth straight game. While it's certainly encouraging to see Nurkic putting up the kind of numbers that he's proven capable of providing in the past, it may be too little too late for fantasy managers who invested an early-round pick into the big man during draft season.
Nurkic finished Friday's loss to the Grizzlies with 26 points (11-15 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 17 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 29 minutes.
The big man's performance was easily his best of the campaign as he posted season highs in both points and boards. He also saw 29 minutes of court time for the second straight game, while backup center Enes Kanter logged only 18. Nurkic could continue to see his playing time increase down the stretch with Portland currently a half game back of the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Nurkic tallied eight points (3-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 106-105 loss to the Nuggets.
Nurkic was back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday's game for rest purposes. He'll likely to continue to receive periodic maintenance for the remainder of the regular season as the Trail Blazers look to ensure he's in optimal health for the playoffs. Nurkic hasn't played more than 30 minutes in any game since returning from a fractured wrist in late March, but the playing time he received Wednesday offers hope that he may soon be able to get back to that level. Regardless, his ability to put up numbers across multiple categories typically results in a solid enough fantasy line, even when the scoring isn't up to scratch.
Nurkic (rest) will play Wednesday against the Nuggets, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Nurkic sat out the front end of the Trail Blazers' back-to-back, and he'll be available Wednesday. Over his past five appearances, he's averaged 9.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals in 23.2 minutes.
Nurkic will be held out of Tuesday's game against the Clippers due to injury management, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
Nurkic will get the night off after playing in four straight contests. Expect Enes Kanter and Robert Covington to see an uptick in minutes as a result.
Nurkic mustered nine points (4-11 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists and a block across 22 minutes in Friday's win over the Blazers.
Nurkic remains the Blazers' starting center but has been playing poorly of late, as he has registered three straight appearances with single-digit scoring figures while being outplayed by Enes Kanter during that span. Nurkic has failed to surpass the 10-point mark in each of his last nine games since returning from injury and is averaging a meager 8.3 points per game during that span.
Nurkic had six points (2-3 FG, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks in Sunday's loss to Miami.
Nurkic has now appeared in seven games since returning from a lengthy injury absence, but the team continues to limit his workload. Nurkic is yet to play more than 22 minutes in any of those appearances, as he and Enes Kanter have split minutes relatively evenly. Until Nurkic moves closer to 25-to-30 minutes on most nights, his fantasy value will remain somewhat subdued.
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|05/29||vs DEN||W 115-95||27||17||6||1||1||1||2|
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