Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic provides major update about his health, conditioning after extended layoff
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is ready to make his 2019-20 season debut in Orlando, Florida.
Nurkic didn’t play for the Blazers before the hiatus because of the devastating leg injury he suffered in 2018-19. However, the talented big man is finally at full strength and used the extended layoff to get even stronger.
“Zero effects,” Jusuf Nurkic said during a Friday conference cal with Blazers reporters, via Oregon Live.
“By the way, I have great effects. I’m as healthy as possible.”
Nurkic averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks for the Blazers last season before he got hurt. He also shot 50.8 percent from the floor and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
To make the 2020 playoffs, Nurkic and the Blazers have to compile a better record than the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns during the eight seeding games.
The Blazers will take on the Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets in the seeding games, which begin on July 30.
With Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony and Nurkic all healthy and leading the charge, the Blazers could make some serious noise at Walt Disney World, though the loss of Trevor Ariza can’t go unmentioned since he’s a solid two-way player who can stretch the floor with his shooting.
Ariza, whom the Blazers acquired from the Kings, has dropped out of the “bubble” games since he’s dealing with a custody case involving his son.
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