INJURY UPDATE: Jusuf Nurkic exited the game in the third quarter with L calf soreness. He will not return tonight vs. UTA.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) January 26, 2023
Nurkic left the game during the third quarter after putting up 10 points, shooting 1 of 3 from three, with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 fouls in 18 minutes. This season, Nurkic has averaged 14.2 minutes on 38 percent three point shooting, 9.9 rebounds, 3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks.
Starting small forward Josh Hart’s night also ended prematurely after he suffered right hamstring tightness in the first quarter. The severity of either injury is not yet known.
Nurkic’s absence opens up minutes for Drew Eubanks and Trendon Watford, who will need to battle with young Utah star Walker Kessler in the middle.
Nassir Little started the second half in place of Hart.
Damian Lillard has led Portland’s offensive effort tonight, scoring more than 50 points in yet another stunning display of three point shooting.