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Nurkic Leaves Blazers-Raptors Game with Contusion, Return Questionable

Portland’s center is down with a bruise as the Blazers struggle against Toronto.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic has been rounding into shape in the last week, but he left Portland’s game with the Toronto Raptors with a left quad contusion. The Blazers have reported his return as questionable.

Nurkic left the game at the 3:14 mark of the first period and, as Jamie Hudson of NBCSports Northwest reports, went straight to the locker room after subbing out.

His efforts to keep loose were apparently unsuccessful, as the Blazers changed his status a few minutes into the second quarter.

Nurkic had 2 points and 2 rebounds on 1-5 shooting in 9 minutes of play when he left the game. He is averaging 10.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game in 9 appearances this season.