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McCollum Cleared For Practice, Nurkic Making Progress

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The two starters were recently re-evaluated following their injury.

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The Portland Trail Blazers have been waiting, wishing, and hoping for good news where CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are concerned as the two continue to recover from their injuries. According to AJ McCord of KOIN, McCollum will now be allowed to participate in contact practices. McCollum suffered a broken foot in mid-January.

As for Jusuf Nurkic, he broke his right wrist a game prior to McCollum’s injury, and he is expected to continue working on his recovery. Like McCollum, he will be re-evaluated next week.

Prior to the injury to his foot, McCollum was enjoying a breakout season, averaging 26.7 points and 5.0 assists for Portland over the course of 13 games. With both McCollum and Nurkic out as well as Zach Collins, Damian Lillard has had to step up and carry the Trail Blazers. The team currently has a 20-13 record and is second in the Northwest Division despite the absence of three starters.

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