Jusuf Nurkic sends warning to rest of NBA about healthy Blazers team
Nurkic didn’t play this season for the Blazers before the hiatus because of the devastating leg injury he suffered in 2018-19 at home against the Brooklyn Nets. Power forward Zach Collins was out with a shoulder injury as well.
Whenever the Blazers get to full strength, whether that’s this season or next season, Nurkic says the NBA should watch out for Portland:
“I do believe one thing: If healthy, we can be a problem,” Jusuf Nurkic told NBC Sports Northwest. “I think last year when was believing we can win [it] all and that’s why the team went so long… [to] the Western Conference Finals.
“I think 100 percent, I don’t see anybody that would disagree with that,” Nurkic on if the Blazers are a playoff team if the season resumes. “We’ve never been healthy… Start of the season, we’ve never been complete and it’s hard to judge, but I think most of the teams if they’re missing like three or four players from the starting lineup they would have a really hard time, but we were still finding away.”
NBA owners are hopeful of resuming the 2019-20 season in the summer. However, with COVID-19 continuing to spread, we shouldn’t get our hopes up.
Nurkic averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks for the Blazers last season before he got hurt. The talented center shot 50.8 percent from the floor and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Blazers went to the Western Conference Finals last season. This season, though, has been a different story for Portland. The team was just in ninth place before play was suspended, but they’re hoping they get the opportunity to get into the postseason.