Jusuf Nurkic has suffered another serious injury, breaking his wrist during the third quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers’ game versus the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. He sustained the injury in the third period, leaving the game at the 8:29 mark.
Jusuf Nurkić (right wrist fracture) will not return.— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 15, 2021
Nurkic took a swipe at the ball on defense and appeared to injure his hand. More info to come... pic.twitter.com/5Y4s5UDiOG— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) January 15, 2021
Nurkic played just 8 games in the 2019-20 season, recovering from a broken leg. He started all 12 games for the Blazers in the current year, averaging 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per.
The loss is a heavy one for Portland. They bring Enes Kanter and Harry Giles III off the bench, but neither player brings the combination of scoring, passing, and defense that Nurkic does. Though he’s struggled with conditioning issues during the first part of the season, Portland’s defense has been notably lacking with Nurkic on the bench.
The team has not indicated the extent of the injury, its exact location, or projected recover time.
We will update this post as news becomes available.