The Blazers defied expectations all year long and now need to find some flexibility
October 2, 2019, 4:50 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (ankle) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.
Whiteside's absence shouldn't raise any alarms as it seems like a minor injury. The Blazers head coach told the media that he tweaked it in Tuesday's session and sat out Wednesday as a result. With Jusuf Nurkić (leg fracture) already expected to miss significant time to start the season, the Blazers will be very cautious with the rest of their frontcourt rotation. Whiteside is a polarizing fantasy figure due to his free throw percentage woes but should be drafted in all leagues with his role on this roster.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
September 4, 2019, 12:44 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic broke his left tibia and fibula on March 25 and estimates are that he could return to the Trail Blazers in early February.
Hassan Whiteside will get plenty of playing time in Portland with Nurkic sidelined. There is no official timetable, but Nurkic could be back in time to help his team make a push for the playoffs. Team president of basketball operations Neil Olshey says that he has met expectations in his rehab effort.
Source: The Athletic
June 29, 2019, 7:49 pmEnes KanterC, Portland Trail Blazers
According to Royce Young, Blazers big man Enes Kanter is receiving interest from the Lakers, Clippers and Kings.
The Blazers were able to use Kanter after Jusuf Nurkic went down for the season with his leg injury. Now that he's an unrestricted free agent, Kanter – a former steady double-double threat, should be able to bolster any team's frontcourt rotation with ease. A move to either LA team would be ideal for him as he'd have to share minutes with the Kings' developmental bigs in Sacramento.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 12:46 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic outplayed his ADP this season by quite a bit as he was selected around 80th pick in most drafts and posted top-40 value in 8/9-cat formats.
His season came crashing down when he fractured his left leg against the Nets, but overall his season was more than a success. The main concern is that he can bounce back and recover as the same player he was prior to the injury. This season, he averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds on 50.8-percent shooting. Nurkic delivered all season long for fantasy owners, but unfortunately he suffered a gruesome injury that could put his career and fantasy value in jeopardy.
March 26, 2019, 4:09 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic (compound fracture, left leg) underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday.
There is no nerve or muscle damage, which is good news. Nurkic's absence will be a big blow to the Blazers' playoff chances and it's awful to see anyone go through such a terrible injury, especially someone in the midst of a career season. Enes Kanter, Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard will need to step up with the playoffs right around the corner.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 8:58 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers announced that Jusuf Nurkic suffered a compound fracture to his left leg and will require surgery, costing him the remainder of the season.
The report confirms what we all thought happened after the devastating fall Nurk took at the end of the 2OT last night. Paul George had an identical injury back in 2005 but he was able to come back stronger than ever after eight months, so Nurkic is likely looking at a similar timetable. It remains to be seen whether Terry Stotts will insert Enes Kanter or Zach Collins to the starting lineup but both guys deserve consideration in standard leagues with the Blazers having three more games this week. Our hopes and prayers are with Nurkic for now while it was great to see the entire NBA community offer words of support to him last night.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 1:15 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic turned out one of his best games of the season on Monday with 32 points on 13-of-24 shooting while adding 16 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks before exiting Monday's 148-144 2OT win over the Nets with a leg injury.
He was having an excellent night until he was forced to exit the game in 2OT with a leg injury which looked gruesome and had to be helped off the court on a stretcher. The Blazers looked out of it until the fourth quarter when the team as a whole finally started to turn it on, but Nurkic was the one who carried them throughout the first three quarters, but now it's looking like the Blazers and fantasy owners are going to have to find a replacement for Nurk.
March 26, 2019, 12:51 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic landed awkwardly while going for an offensive rebound and has injured his leg.
Nurkic was having a monster game before this happened and this type of injury has sucked the life out of the building which was roaring earlier. He was taken off the court in a stretcher with the help of the Blazers' medical staff.
March 24, 2019, 12:40 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic finished Saturday's 117-112 win over the Pistons with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.
This is well short of what fantasy owners have grown to expect from Nurkic, but we'll credit the tough matchup against a massive frontcourt in keeping Nurk in check tonight. He'll be back to the usual in the next one.
March 19, 2019, 1:09 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic double-doubled on Monday before fouling out with 18 points and 11 boards to go with two assists.
He fouled out on a questionable offensive foul while setting a screen against Wesley Matthews, but was able to provide owners with a solid line before exiting Monday's game. Nurkic destroyed the offensive glass tonight for the Blazers and his high activity on that end kept the Blazers in the game when their offense was stalling. He's been a top-40 player over the past month and it looks like he's going to finish the season strong.
March 16, 2019, 11:42 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic put up 24 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in Saturday's road loss.
Nurkic went 10-of-21 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line as his career year continues. The five turnovers weren't great but Nurkic continues to roll along with top-50/30 value in 8/9-cat leagues over the last couple of weeks.
March 15, 2019, 10:31 pmEnes KanterC, Portland Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter had another strong game in 20 minutes with 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in Friday’s win over the Pelicans.
Kanter hit 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line and has had top-130 value over his last four games. Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, a steal and five turnovers in the win.
March 8, 2019, 2:12 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic was ejected with two technical fouls on Thursday night, but not before posting 13 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
Nurkic hit half of his eight shots from the field and went 5-of-8 from the line. His statline was solid but the ejection changed this game, as it forced a cold Skal Labissiere to take free throws with 4.4 seconds left and Portland down two (he missed both). Nurkic's absence also changed the complexion of the game in overtime, as losing your star center usually does. It was a very chippy affair with Nurk earning his first tech after being on the receiving end of a flagrant from Russell Westbrook and his second after getting into Paul George's grill in the closing seconds. The dislike here is genuine and it'd be great if these two teams could match up in the postseason.
Jusuf Nurkic suffered a nauseating leg injury late in double-overtime, clouding what was a pretty fun short Monday card.