Blazers' Nurkic out for two weeks with leg fracture

PORTLAND, Ore. – "Nurk Fever" has temporarily subsided in Rip City.

Newly beloved Trail Blazer Jusuf Nurkic will miss two weeks due to a fracture in his right leg, the team announced Friday night. The Blazers center has a non-displacement fibular fracture in his right leg and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

There are just two weeks left in the regular season as the Blazers look to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They currently hold the No. 8 seed and are 1 ½ games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for that final playoff spot.

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The Blazers’ late season turnaround has been attributed to Nurkic, who has become an instant fan favorite lovingly known as the Bosnian Beast. Portland is 15-5 since trading Mason Plumlee to the Nuggets in exchange for Nurkic and a first-round pick.

Nurkic has averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2 blocks per game since joining the Blazers, all career-highs.

Now if the Blazers are going to make the playoffs, they’ll have to close out the regular season without their new star and hope he can return for a postseason run.

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