August 30, 2020, 12:17 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic (left shin splint) logged 37 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Lakers, putting up 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 10 rebounds, six dimes, one trey, five steals and one blocked shot.
Nurkic has put up a strong showing since the league resumed in late July and all the way into the first round of the playoffs. He's showed a tantalizingly diverse stat set and a clear indicator that he's healthy – aside from a couple of occasions where he was gassed. At the end of the day, Nurkic was able to salvage his fantasy outlook for 2020-21.
August 29, 2020, 8:18 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic (left shin splint) is available to play in Game 5 on Saturday.
Nurkic will have tough task to slow down Anthony Davis on his bum shin, but will be giving it his all in this must-win game. Hassan Whiteside, who isn't on the injury report, will likely be tasked to be the body on AD tonight.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
August 24, 2020, 11:48 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic dropped 20 points with 13 rebounds to go with four dimes and a steal before fouling out in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Lakers.
Nurkic was aggressive in the paint and was on his way to a big game before he fouled out after 27 minutes of action. His play in the paint helped him grab eight offensive rebounds, but it also led him to being foul prone as he muscled his way around the block.
August 22, 2020, 11:48 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic had his hands full on Saturday, trying to slow down Anthony Davis, which got him into a bit of foul trouble and it limited him to a pedestrian performance of 10 points (4-of-10 shooting), seven rebounds, three assists with no steals or blocks in 35 minutes.
Nurkic has been struggling with his tough matchup against Davis all series, so his lackluster outing tonight comes as no surprise. It'll take an injury to AD or him missing a game, for Nurk Alert to be able to pop off for a monster line.
August 20, 2020, 11:38 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic was locked up in Thursday's loss to the Lakers, scoring nine points to go with eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes of work.
The Lakers' defense was outstanding in this one and they looked to be playing with a new fire after dropping Game 1. Nurkic will obviously be better than this going forward and we're hoping he can rise to the challenge after Anthony Davis dropped an easy 31 tonight. Hassan Whiteside fared a bit better statistically with six points, nine rebounds, a steal and three blocks in 22 minutes.
August 19, 2020, 12:30 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic was relatively quiet for the Blazers in his 33 minutes on the floor on Tuesday, recording a double-double with 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting, adding 15 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.
Nurkic and the rest of the Blazers frontcourt had to pile on the fouls as they tried to slow down Anthony Davis. Thankfully, things worked out for them in the end. He connected on a slam (Lillard assist) with 16.1 seconds left in the game to put it away for good. As long as Nurkic stays healthy, expect the big man to be good for at least a double-double with a solid selection of peripheral contributions in this highly competitive series.
August 15, 2020, 5:13 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic put up the third 20-20 game of his career during Saturday's win over the Grizzlies, ending with 22 points and 21 rebounds to go with six assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
Any doubt surrounding the health and fitness of Nurkic was laid to rest during an emphatic performance on Saturday. The Blazers will now advance to the Western Conference playoffs, where they will face the Lakers in the first round. Despite coming in as the eighth-seed, the Blazers could certainly give the highly-fancied Lakers some trouble. Nurkic will be tasked with defending Anthony Davis, among others, and will have to be at his best if they are to be in with a chance. Barring any setbacks leading into next season, Nurkic could be one of the more hyped players heading into fantasy drafts.
August 14, 2020, 12:29 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic played well vs. the Nets on Thursday, putting up 22 points on 11-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 33 minutes.
The eight-game restart has been one big come-back show for Nurkic, who was able to use the hiatus between the pause of the season in March and the August restart to get back to his old form and then some. He's going to be a force worth targeting early in playoff leagues.
August 10, 2020, 4:21 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's tilt with the Mavericks.
After sitting out on both Saturday and Sunday, Whiteside (hip) could return to the lineup for Tuesday's must-win encounter. After a fantastic season, Whiteside has found himself relegated to a bench role with the return of Jusuf Nurkic. His value has taken a huge hit and he presents as more of a blocks streaming option at this point.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
August 9, 2020, 9:39 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic had a solid performance against the Sixers on Sunday with 15 points (5-of-9 FG, 5-of-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Seeing Joel Embiid depart in the first quarter would typically make one's night easier, but the Sixers still had Al Horford to plug into the center slot and make things difficult for Nurkic. Foul trouble has been a regular issue for the brusier throughout his career, and it's something to keep an eye on as he continues to log five or six of them every night it seems like. Nonetheless, Nurkic has lived up to expectations and then some throughout the restart, and he continues to improve his draft positioning for next season.
August 6, 2020, 10:49 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic was a force on both ends of the floor for the Blazers on Thursday, slowing down former teammate Nikola Jokic, while posting 22 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the line.
Nurkic has been playing well in since the league resumed, breaching the 20-point bubble twice in four games. He's also averaging a laudable 3.3 blocks per game as well, making him one of the best two-way centers in the league at the moment.
August 5, 2020, 12:16 amJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic was great in Tuesday's 110-102 win over the Rockets, scoring 18 points while corralling 19 points, three assists, a steal and three more blocks.
As if Nurkic couldn't get back into the hearts of fantasy GMs fast enough, he also went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He's elevating the Blazers to a serious threat in the West, and a healthy Nurkic makes them a dreadful draw for any team if they manage to get into the postseason. Expect early-round numbers from here on out given the condensed player pool, and he may still have some upside to scratch if he can limit his fouls.
August 2, 2020, 6:19 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic churned out 30 points (12-of-20 from the field), nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and a 3-pointer against the Celtics on Sunday.
Nurkic was once again outstanding, logging 32 minutes after playing 33 in Portland's first game of the restart. He's looking perfectly healthy and will threaten early-round value as long as it stays that way. His presence makes the Blazers a dangerous team in the playoff race, and that's going to be the tide that floats all boats as it ensures meaningful games for Portland over their final six contests.
July 31, 2020, 8:02 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic started at center for the Blazers on Friday and made an impressive debut for his team, swatting six shots to go along with 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Nurkic is clearly healthy and his big game is proof enough. The Blazers needed him to help grind out the Grizzlies in this OT thriller. He's gotten right at the perfect time and will be the team's go-to scorer in the paint moving forward.
July 28, 2020, 8:40 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic started in place of Hassan Whiteside, who came off the bench, and posted a well-rounded line with five points on 2-of-6 shooting with five rebounds, three assists with one trey, one steal and one block in 15 minutes on Tuesday.
Nurkic's minutes were still limited in this one but it's good to see him do a bit of everything for the Blazers. Nurkic is expected to start alongside Whiteside when the Blazers resume their 2019-20 season on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.