• Blazers beat writer Casey Holdahl reports that Jusuf Nurkic did not participate in Thursday’s practice.

    Nurkic left Portland’s last game with a sprained ankle. While X-rays were negative, he’ll almost surely miss some time as the injury looked like far more than a tweak. He’s someone that should be held given his top-65 upside but it’ll be a committee approach in the frontcourt while he’s away. Ed Davis is a worthy target for deep league players in need of rebounding while players like Al-Farouq Aminu (who should be owned in all leagues) and Noah Vonleh pick up the slack as Portland uses smaller lineups. Meyers Leonard should also get a bump. Aminu is the only truly attractive fantasy play of the bunch, but this should also mean more usage for Portland’s typical cast of ball-handlers.

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