Whether or not injured Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will be available to play against the Golden State Warriors in Sunday’s series opener is still “to be determined,” according to Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl. Nurkic was sidelined with a right fibular fracture on March 31 and given a two-week timetable for reevaluation. Those two weeks are up today.
Jusuf Nurkic says he feels better, has made good progress but the decision on whether he plays in Game One is still to be determined— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) April 14, 2017
Nurkić said if it were up to him he'd be playing now— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) April 14, 2017
Nurkic had X-rays done on Wednesday afternoon and was reportedly “waiting for the green light” to progress with his recovery, which up to that point had included light shooting in practice and before games.
Although his questionable status is nerve-racking for Portland, it may serve to the Trail Blazers’ benefit, as the Warriors cannot cement their game plan until such a time that he is cleared or officially listed as out.