Sometimes when the mind is elsewhere the body does not follow. Jusuf Nurkic confessed: he didn’t really feel good about himself. Her feet on American soil but her head in Bosnia, where her grandmother died. Not really in it, he was struggling to pick up his pace since the start of the season. And he finally got hurt that night.
The pivot of the Portland Trail Blazers is suffering from a broken wrist according to the first information reported by the franchise from Oregon. The black point of a terrible evening for his team, sharply beaten by the Indiana Pacers (87-111).
Jusuf Nurkic left his teammates eight minutes from the end of the third quarter, having compiled 5 points and 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. It’s cruel for the 26-year-old, who already suffered a major injury a year ago. He had recovered from a tear in the Achilles tendon to return to the bubble, where he helped his partners to qualify for the playoffs.
“It was a long road after his last injury. He was having a complicated start to the season but he was on the right track. It’s a hard blow for him and for us ”, entrusts the coach Terry Stotts.
He averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds after almost a month of competition. In his absence, One’s Edges and Harry Giles, two interiors recruited during the offseason, will have to take over. Even if they do not evolve in the same register, they have the talent to partly compensate for the void left by Nurkic in the painting.