Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will play, albeit limited minutes, in the team’s Game 3 matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Nurkic suffered a non-displaced fibular fracture in his right leg in a March 30 win over the Houston Rockets and has been sidelined ever since. He returns to action in a game where the Warriors will be without Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes and Steve Kerr.
The Trail Blazers acquired Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick in a trade deadline deal with the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Mason Plumlee. The Bosnian big man has since proven indispensable, helping lead Portland to a 15-7 record after the trade, knocking the Nuggets out of the Western Conference’s eighth seed in the process.
Portland finished the season 4-5 after losing Nurkic in late March. He averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals in 29 minutes per game for the Trail Blazers this season.
What’s been absolutely out of left field, however, is the response from Pittsburgh media. Two pieces in particular have made their way across the internet over the last few days, the second more incredulous, and more dangerous, than the first. I’m linking them here for the sake of journalistic integrity in sourcing your information. One of the first rules of journalism school, kids. Don’t forget it.
The Magic have been incredibly stale since the Dwight Howard trade in 2012. Fox could change that. He plays both ends of the floor as hard as anyone in this draft. He’ll be one of the fastest players in the league for the moment he plays his first game. He also just has a way of making winning plays. That’s been missing from the Magic for years.