Nurkic (leg) contributed 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block across 15 minutes during Portland's 111-102 loss to the Pelicans in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Nurkic was on his way to a second consecutive productive effort to open the series before suffering a leg injury in the third quarter that forced him from the contest. The big man's scoring and rebounding presence was missed down low for the remainder of the contest, and the Blazers would face even steeper odds in Game 3 on the road if he were to miss. The fourth-year big man's status will likely be updated Wednesday, but given the quick turnaround for Thursday's contest, he may be hard-pressed to suit up depending on the severity of the injury.
Nurkic finished with 11 points (3-7 FG, 5-5 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 25 minutes in Portland's 97-95 loss to the Pelicans in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Nurkic was one of four Blazers to hit double digits in the scoring column, but he had a tough night on the defensive end while guarding Anthony Davis more than he usually did during the regular season. The big man was less involved offensively than usual, as well, as he'd finished the regular season putting up double-digit shot attempts in six of his last seven games. He'll look to get back to that level of usage when the two teams clash again Tuesday in Game 2.
Nurkic churned out 13 points (6-16 FG, 1-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, four blocks and one steal across 30 minutes in a 102-93 win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Nurkic served as an effective third wheel to the efforts of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on the night, just missing what would have been his fifth straight double-double. The 23-year-old big man was much more consistent in the latter stages of the season, averaging an impressive 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 blocks across 26.3 minutes over 24 post-All-Star-break games. He'll be counted on for similar production down low during the playoffs, as well as his trademark stingy defense near the basket.
Nurkic generated 20 points (9-15 FG, 2-3 FT), 19 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 30 minutes in an 88-82 loss to the Nuggets on Monday.
Nurkic checked in with his fourth consecutive double-double, posting his best rebound total since Jan. 30 in the process. The fourth-year pro is in an extended stretch of stellar production, as he's now posted double-digit scoring totals in 13 straight games, with nine of those performances also qualifying as double-doubles. Nurkic projects to play a pivotal part of the Blazers' postseason fortunes, and he should also be heavily involved in the season finale against the Jazz on Wednesday as Portland looks to lock up the No. 3 seed.
Nurkic posted 12 points (6-12 FG), 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in 30 minutes during Saturday's 116-105 loss to the Spurs.
With his fourth double-double in five games, Nurkic is surging at the right time as the Trail Blazers prepare for a playoff run. He's averaging 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds over the past 10 games, so this true double-double average is what you can expect from Nurkic once the playoffs begin. HE could be subject to a minute cap until then, however.
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