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June 5, 2020 04:32 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Expected to play in Orlando
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg) is healthy and expected to play when the 2019-20 season resumes in Orlando, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.

Nurkic was on the verge of practicing with the G League squad when the season was suspended. Once things pick up in Orlando, Nurkic will presumably take on a significant role with the team, though it's unclear how his minutes will be balanced with Hassan Whiteside's.

March 10, 2020 11:44 AM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: To practice in G League
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (leg) will practice in the G League this week before his expected return Sunday against Houston, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

The Blazers don't have their own G League affiliate, so Nurkic will practice with the Santa Cruz Warriors a few times this week in an effort to help him move toward game shape. All indications are that Nurkic will debut on Sunday, but he'll likely face a minutes restriction and could be eased back into action, especially given how well -- all things considered -- Hassan Whiteside has played for the Blazers this season.

March 6, 2020 05:04 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Season debut set for March 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg) will make his season debut March 15 against the Rockets, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. "I'm ready to help my team make the playoffs," Nurkic said. "It's time."

Nurkic has been on the shelf for nearly a year following a severe lower leg injury. He returned to practice in late January and has been steadily progressing since then. Last season, Nurkic was a huge part of Portland's success, as he averaged career highs in points (15.6), rebounds (10.4) and field-goal percentage (50.8), not to mention 3.2 dimes, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steal. He'll presumably see limited minutes for his first few games while he gets back into the flow of real game action. Presumably, Nurkic will come off the bench behind Hassan Whiteside, who is having a bounceback 2019-20 campaign.

February 28, 2020 04:12 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg/calf) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

Nurkic initially looked on track to make his season debut at some point shortly following the All-Star break, when he was cleared for full practices in late January, but his progress has since been stalled after he strained his right calf in one of his workouts. While the injury is to the opposite leg in which he sustained compound fractures last March, the calf issue is significant enough to keep him off the court. With no reports indicating that Nurkic practiced at any point in February, he looks to be multiple weeks away from playing in games. Considering the 26-34 Blazers are three games off the pace for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, there's a real possibility the organization errs on the side of caution and shuts Nurkic down for the season if Portland falls out of the playoff picture.

February 10, 2020 04:16 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: No timeline for return
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Nurkic (leg/calf) remains without a firm return timetable, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

Prior to Sunday's game against the Heat, coach Terry Stotts was asked about Nurkic's status as the big man works back from a fractured left leg and a subsequent calf strain. "There's no timeline on Nurk when he's gonna come back," Stotts said. "He had a little set back. He had a mild strain in his right calf. So, the last week or 10 days, he really hasn't been able to do much, so that's kind of set back any kind of comeback." Nurkic will continue to rehab through the All-Star break, with the hope that he'll be able to return to practice sometime in the next few weeks. If that happens, Nurkic could conceivably make his season debut sometime in late-February or March.

January 31, 2020 01:00 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Suffers calf strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg) suffered a calf strain "in the moments after his return to the full-court practice and contact practice," Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.

Quick also noted that he "[doesn't] know how serious it is" and that the Trail Blazers have been "tight-lipped" about the situation. Nurkic was on track to return likely sometime this month, but now it's unclear if that will be the case. More information may emerge in the coming days.

January 28, 2020 12:16 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: No firm target return date
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Trail Blazers have identified no clear target date for Nurkic's (lower leg) season debut, though the big man has been ruled out for at least another week, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.

Nurkic seemed to tease an impending return after practicing fully last week, and while the activity certainly marked a notable step forward in his rehab, the development seemingly hasn't changed the Trail Blazers' approach with the center, who is 10 months removed from surgery to address compound fractures of the tibia and fibula in his left leg. At this stage, Portland simply wants to see how Nurkic's body responds to increasing his workload over a series of practices before sussing out a date for his 2019-20 debut. Once he's back in action, Nurkic will most likely be subjected to strict minutes limits and could be withheld from one half of back-to-back sets.

January 22, 2020 03:36 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Takes part in full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg) took part in full practice Wednesday, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.

This is another step in the right direction for Nurkic, who is working his way back from surgery he underwent last March to address compound fractures in his lower left leg. While he remains without a concrete timetable for his return, all signs are still pointing toward a February return for the big man.

January 9, 2020 05:56 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: On court for shootaround
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg) was in uniform and on the court for Thursday's shootaround, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

This is a significant step in Nurkic's recovery, though we don't know the full extent of his participation. More information on his timetable should continue to trickle in as he hits various other milestones in his recovery. His next step will likely be to take part in non-contact portions of a true practice. All signs are still pointing toward a February return.

December 12, 2019 02:24 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Targeting February return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg) is hoping to return around the All-Star break in February, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Nurkic is making positive strides in his recovery from surgery he underwent in March to address compound fractures in his lower left leg, though he's still expected to miss most, if not all, of the first half of the season. When Nurkic does return, he figures to initially face a minutes restriction as the Trail Blazers look to ease him back.

November 20, 2019 03:12 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Confirms absence will stretch into 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic (lower leg) confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he won't return before the end of 2019.

This was already expected, but Nurkic confirmed Wednesday that his recovery from surgery he underwent in March to address compound fractures in his lower left leg will carry into 2020. A more concrete timetable for his return should emerge as he progresses further along in the rehab process.

September 30, 2019 05:20 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Timeline to be 'purposefully vague'
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said Monday that the team will be "purposefully vague" when discussing Nurkic's (leg) rehab, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Nurkic underwent surgery back in March to address compound fractures in his lower left leg, and, unsurprisingly, the Blazers haven't provided much in the way of a timetable. Going forward, it appears the team will handle the situation with some degree of gamesmanship, meaning we may not have much warning before Nurkic makes his return to the floor, which is generally expected to be sometime around, or perhaps slightly before, the All-Star break. Olshey did confirm Monday that Nurkic is in Portland with the team, and he's been working out and going through shooting drills in recent weeks.

March 26, 2019 04:04 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Undergoes season-ending surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 26, 2019 09:28 AM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Out indefinitely with fractured leg
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 26, 2019 12:56 AM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Suffers serious leg injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 24, 2019 11:32 AM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Solid performance in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 21, 2019 09:44 AM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Bangs the boards again in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 19, 2019 01:12 AM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Double-doubles in victory Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 17, 2019 08:04 AM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Big double-double in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 13, 2019 02:36 PM
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Shines from free-throw line
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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