It’s the moment all of Rip City has been waiting for.
Jusuf Nurkic is officially back.
Trail Blazers insider Dwight Jaynes broke the news on Thursday that the Bosnian Beast would be returning to the court on Friday vs. Orlando. This is the first time Nurkic has seen game action since January 14 when he suffered a broken right wrist against the Indiana Pacers that later required surgery.
It didn’t take long for Nurkic's impact to be felt on the floor. Here’s a look at his first bucket of the game at around the 8:30 mark in the first quarter.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic will be on a minutes restriction in his return. Stotts added that the Portland big man will play in five-minute increments.
Catch Nurkic in his return and the debut of Norman Powell as the Blazers vs. Magic game continues on. You can watch it all here on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.