Storyline: Jusuf Nurkic Injury

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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.

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.’’

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.”

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.”
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