The Blazers late Thursday night said Nurkic will undergo more imaging and consultation in the coming days to determine a course of recovery. No timeline has been announced, but the way his teammates and coach talked Thursday, it sounds like he will miss significant time. “It’s just terrible,” McCollum said. “Nurk is a huge part of our team.” The injury touched a nerve on the Blazers because Nurkic is more than just their starting center. He is, as top executive Neil Olshey once said, the team’s “spirit animal.” He comes across as cocky and brash to opponents, but to his teammates, he is happy-go-lucky and humorous. And while he is burly and tough on the court, he is sensitive and caring off the court, the closest among any on the team to Lillard’s son, Damian Jr.
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“Lillard: I saw your tweets where you was saying there was a backcourt better than me and CJ, too. Reporter: Today? Lillard: Well, I don’t see how it would be today after tonight, but you were saying the Wizards back court was better than us. Reporter: I raised it as an option because someone said there was no contest, and I said ‘well, what about Beal and Westbrook?”

Jusuf Nurkic fractures right wrist

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic fractured his right wrist Thursday night during a 111-87 loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers. Nurkic could be seen holding the wrist after swiping at the ball in the third quarter, and he fell to the floor after contact under Indiana’s basket. At a timeout he went to the locker room and did not return.
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The 7-0 center out of Bosnian and Herzegovina suffered a broken right wrist in the third quarter of Thursday’s game versus the Pacers Thursday night at the Moda Center. The injury occurred around the 8:40 mark of the third quarter, as Nurkic fell after contesting a drive attempt by Pacers center Myles Turner. Nurkic took a hard fall to the floor and remained there for some time before getting up and immediately heading to the locker room with members of the team’s medical staff. X-rays taken taken during the game showed a fracture to his right wrist, which, depending on the severity and location of the break, could sideline the center for the foreseeable future.