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Joe Freeman: Blazers say Jusuf Nurkic (right ankle) is questionable for Friday’s game at Orlando. He’s missed the last three games.
Jason Quick: Blazers announce Jusuf Nurkic (right ankle) and Maurice Harkless (left quad) are questionable for Wednesday game at Miami. Both have missed last two games.
Jason Quick: Blazers announce Jusuf Nurkic (right ankle) is OUT for Monday’s game at Golden State. Maurice Harkless (left quad) is questionable.
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts says Jusuf Nurkic won’t play in Game 4. Didn’t have a setback but has some soreness. Status TBA for Game 5 (if necessary).
Mike Richman: Stotts on Nurkic: “He didn’t do any further damage. There was soreness, tenderness & it just wouldn’t be wise to have him play through that”
Mike Richman: Jusuf Nurkic will NOT play in Game 4, per Terry Stotts
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Portland center Jusuf Nurkic will play in Game 3 vs. Warriors tonight. His minutes will be limited.
Tim Bontemps: Terry Stotts says “yes” when asked if there’s a good chance we’ll see Jusuf Nurkic this series. Says “TBD” when asked about Wednesday.
Nurkic is officially listed as “questionable” for the first game of the series, the technical designation given to a player that has a 50 percent chance of playing. The Blazers are remaining coy with their plans for their center even if the tea leaves suggest it’s more likely than a 50-50 toss up.
There had been speculation the 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast could return for the playoffs. He was seen shooting during warmups for the past two regular-season games, and he’s walking with no apparent limp. But Portland coach Terry Stotts said Friday that his status for the first-round opener in Oakland on Sunday was “undetermined.” He said it would likely be a game-day decision. “I feel better and I’ve made good progress, but we still haven’t decided if I’m going to play,” Nurkic said.
Jason Quick: Jusuf Nurkic says team is still undecided whether he will play Sunday. “If it’s up to me, I play,” he said.
Nurkic, who was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right fibula on March 31, said he had an x-ray on Wednesday but he said he doesn’t know the result. “I don’t know a lot; still waiting to hear from the doctor,’’ Nurkic said after his 25-minute pregame workout. “Right now, I feel good. I’m waiting for the green light.’’
Center Jusuf Nurkic said he is “waiting for the green light” from the Trail Blazers to play in the NBA playoffs after he conducted his second on-court pregame workout on Wednesday night at the Moda Center. Nurkic, who was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right fibula on March 31, said he had an x-ray on Wednesday but he said he doesn’t know the result. “I don’t know a lot; still waiting to hear from the doctor,’’ Nurkic said after his 25-minute pregame workout. “Right now, I feel good. I’m waiting for the green light.’’
Kerry Eggers: Does Terry Stotts expect @Jusuf Nurkic to play in #Blazers’ playoff opener? “He’ll be evaluated at end of 2-week period. I have no idea.”
Jason Quick: One week before his fractured right leg is scheduled to be re-evaluated, Jusuf Nurkic shot for about 10 minutes. Looked pain free.
Joe Freeman: Stotts also said Jusuf Nurkic injured his leg during his revenge game vs. the Nuggets. He played 32 mins two nights later vs. the Rockets.
Joe Freeman: Can Nurkic return for playoffs? “It just depends on how I feel. The doctor said, ‘He’s tough,’ and if it doesn’t hurt I’m going to be back.”
After revitalizing the Portland Trail Blazers’ season, 7-foot center Jusuf Nurkic will miss the rest of the regular season with a non-displaced fracture in his right leg. Nevertheless, there is a possibility that Nurkic could return should the Blazers reach the Western Conference playoffs, provided Nurkic, 22, is fully functional and pain-free, league sources told The Vertical.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows Portland center Jusuf Nurkic has a non-displaced right leg fibular fracture.
Nurkic will be sidelined for two weeks, at which time he will be reevaluated.
Joe Freeman: The Blazers just announced that Jusuf Nurkic has a “non-displaced right leg fibular fracture” and is expected to miss at least 2 weeks.
Chris Dempsey: #Nuggets C Jusuf Nurkic is OUT of tonight’s game vs. Miami. He’s being evaluated for ankle & knee injuries.
Chris Dempsey: Gallo and Nurkic practiced today without issues. Nurkic will be on a minutes restriction. #Nuggets
Chris Dempsey: Good news for the #Nuggets. Jusuf Nurkic may make his season debut on Friday at Golden St, coach Michael Malone said. Nurkic has missed the entire season due to rehab of a torn patellar tendon. He was cleared recently for contact practice. Nurkic’s performance in practice on Friday will be the determining factor in his availability. If he plays, he’ll be limited to 15 minutes. #Nuggets
Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic could be just three days away from establishing a concrete timeline for his return to game action. On Thursday, Nurkic goes in for his most anticipated doctor’s appointment of the last six months, one that will decide whether he can be cleared for full contact practice. If and when he’s cleared, Nurkic, who has not played this season after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn patellar tendon in that left knee, would be on the fast track to making his season debut. “It’s a big week for me, for sure,” Nurkic said. “I just want to hear what (the doctor) says.”
Chris Dempsey: Nurkic continues to do strength and rehab work on the side during practices. #Nuggets
Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic will not be ready for the start of training camp as he continues to rehab his left knee, general manager Tim Connelly said Wednesday. “We’re going to take our time with him,” Connelly said. Nurkic underwent surgery in May to repair a partially torn left patella tendon. The original timetable was three to four months. Connelly, however, did say that Nurkic was “ahead of schedule,” but he wouldn’t “put a firm timetable on when he’ll be back.”
One Nuggets player missing out on the tournament is center Jusuf Nurkic. The big man was set to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina, but knee surgery in late spring put an end to that. Nurkic has been rehabbing the knee in Denver with hopes of being ready when the season starts or soon thereafter.
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February 21, 2018 | 8:43 pm EST Update
After spending 10 days before the All-Star break in New York consulting with a specialist to gather a second opinion on his right quad injury, All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard bears the burden of determining when he’s prepared to play again, sources told ESPN.
Away from the Spurs to pursue second opinions in New York, Kawhi Leonard recently utilized the gymnasium inside the National Basketball Players Association headquarters in Manhattan for workouts, league sources told ESPN. The Spurs had team personnel accompanying Leonard in New York, sources said.
The injury, rehabilitation and timetable for a return has complicated the Spurs and Leonard’s relationship, causing tension and fraying the fabric of what was once a strong partnership, league sources told ESPN. The uncertainty surrounding this season — and Leonard’s future which could include free agency in the summer of 2019 — has inspired a palpable stress around the organization, league sources said.