The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that center Jusuf Nurkić is returning for tonight’s Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. Nurkić, who has been recovering from a fibular fracture, was given the choice of playing tonight. Coach Terry Stotts told Brooke Olzendam prior to the game, "It's up to him if he plays”. Nurkić chose to play.
Blazers make it official: Jusuf Nurkic will play and start tonight.— Mike Richman (@mikegrich) April 23, 2017
"I want to give it a shot, I want to try... it's my decision." -- @bosnianbeast27— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) April 23, 2017
"I love this city. I want to see the fans crazy." -- @bosnianbeast27— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) April 23, 2017
His minutes are reportedly limited.
Terry Stotts on @bosnianbeast27: “If he’s available, he’ll probably start, but he’ll probably have limited minutes.” #Blazers— kerry eggers (@kerryeggers) April 23, 2017
With the Blazers behind 0-2 in their NBA Western Conference Playoff Series, and the 0% success rate of teams behind 0-3 (no blaming a small sample size!), Portland is in a must-win position.
Injuries: Kevin Durant is out, as are Matt Barnes and Shaun Livingston. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is out due to illness.
How To Watch Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers:
Time: 7:30 pm, Pacific Time
TV: KGW | ESPN
Online Streaming: ESPN Online
Radio: Rip City Radio, 620 am
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