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Jusuf Nurkic Breaks Wrist vs. Pacers

Portland’s starting center goes down again.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.