Trail Blazers

Blazers set to increase Jusuf Nurkic's minutes against Miami Heat

Trail Blazers

This week the Trail Blazers announced that starting center Jusuf Nurkic was dealing with left knee inflammation as he sat out of Tuesday’s game at the L.A. Clippers. Nurkic also missed Saturday's contest against the Detroit Pistons.

But, Nurkic will return to the lineup Sunday.

The seven-year veteran will start against the Miami Heat Sunday as the Blazers get set for their second night of a back-to-back.

In 18 games played this season for the Blazers, Nurkic has averaged 9.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.

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The 26-year-old had been on a 20-minute restriction since returning to game action back on Mar. 26. However, hours before tip-off against the Heat, head coach Terry Stotts said that Nurk’s minutes will be bumped up to a roughly 25-minute limit.

Portland is still without Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture), who had revision surgery on his ankle in late Dec.


Saturday, Collins wore a small brace on his ankle after last week he was able to remove the walking boot.

Coach Stotts says, "there is no update," on Collins, adding, "his rehab is going well."

Miami will be without Victor Oladipo (right knee; soreness) and KZ Okpala (health and safety protocols) Sunday night.

The Trail Blazers and Heat tip-off at 7:00p.m. on NBCSNW.