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Jusuf Nurkic progressing toward Trail Blazers return, remains in great shape

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The Portland Trail Blazers are currently riding a six-game winning streak as they sit fourth in the Western Conference.

Behind Damian Lillard’s stellar play and the team’s collective effort, Portland has improved to an 18-10 overall record.

And that’s without two of its starters.

The Blazers haven't had both Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum on the court together since January 14.

Ahead of Saturday’s home contest against the Wizards, the Blazers will be without Harry Giles (left calf strain), McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).

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There is no timetable for any of the current injured Blazers, but McCollum is set to be reevaluated in a week and a half.

Both McCollum and Nurkic took the practice court Friday for the first time.


McCollum didn’t go full speed on the agility ladder in the Trail Blazers’ video, but he is just three days removed from having his protective boot taken off. 

And even though Nurkic does not have a definite date for his return, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts gave the latest update on the Blazers big man pregame of Saturday’s contest.

He’s doing well… The good thing is that since it’s a hand injury, he’s able to do a lot of aerobic cardio – do things to stay in basketball shape so that when he’s able to handle a ball with his right hand and do basketball activities, at least he’ll be in shape.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts on Jusuf Nurkic

“It’s not like CJ who has had to stay off his foot… And once the healing has taken place, [Nurkic] doesn’t have to go through that – just that period of time where he’s not in basketball shape,” Stotts added.

That is definitely good news for the 7-footer and for the Blazers. It was on Jan. 19 when Nurkic underwent surgery on his right wrist. Nurk is scheduled to be reevaluated the first week in March.  

Portland and Washington tip-off at 7:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW.

And spoiler alert: Nurkic will be sporting a new haircut on the bench!