According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Jusuf Nurkic will undergo right wrist surgery to repair his fractured wrist and is expected to be out for at least eight weeks.
Eight weeks from today would be March 12. In the First Half of the season, the Trail Blazers have 25 games scheduled through March 4 before the All-Star break.
It was just minutes into the third quarter of Thursday night's contest against the Pacers when Nurkic swiped at the ball as Malcolm Brogdon drove to the hoop. Nurkic then contested Myles Turner’s dunk attempt after Brogdon found Turner, despite being in noticeable pain.
The Blazers starting center was then seen holding his right wrist as he headed straight to the locker room at the next dead ball.
And that’s when all of Rip City was holding its breath.
The Blazers later announced the news that nobody wanted to hear-- Nurkic had suffered a broken wrist.
The team sent out a press release Thursday night following the blowout loss to the Pacers stating that Nurkic would undergo further imagine and consultation to determine the proper course of recovery.
Thursday night, certified athletic trainer Jeff Stotts, who often discusses and examines NBA injuries, says Nurkic's wrist injury could have him out for an average of 32 games if surgery is needed. However, given the condensed nature of the current NBA season, that number can grow.
In 12 games this season, Nurkic averaged 9.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.