Jusuf Nurkic out, Kevin Durant questionable for Game 2

Blazers' Nurkic says he won't play in Game 2 against Warriors

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland center Jusuf Nurkic won't play in Game 2 of the Trail Blazers' first-round series against the Golden State Warriors.

Nurkic was officially listed as out on the injury report released Tuesday morning. Nurkic told reporters earlier at practice that he wants to play but isn't ready to take the court.

"I feel better. I would like to play, but I think I'm not ready so I'm not going to play game second," he said.

The Blazers center didn't rule out a return for Game 3, however, which will be played Saturday at the Moda Center.

"I'm going to go day by day. Let's see what happens," he said.

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NBA PLAYOFFS
(8) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (1) Golden State Warriors
Warriors lead best-of-7 series 1-0; x-if necessary
Game 1: Warriors 121, Blazers 109
Game 2: Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. at Golden State, KGW
Game 3: Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. at Portland, KGW
Game 4: Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at Portland, KGW
x-Game 5: Wednesday, April 26, at Golden State, time TBD
x-Game 6: Friday, April 28, at Portland, time TBD
x-Game 7: Sunday, April 30, at Golden State, time TBD

The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 after a 121-109 win in Game 1.

Golden State may be without one of its star players as well. Kevin Durant, who led the Warriors with 32 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1, is listed as questionable with a left calf sprain.

Warriors reserves Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain/bruised hand) and Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) are also listed as questionable. Allen Crabbe (left foot) and CJ McCollum (right ankle sprain) are listed as probable for the Blazers.

Nurkic, traded to Portland on Feb. 12 from the Denver Nuggets, missed the last seven games of the regular season as well as Game 1 against the Warriors with a non-displaced right leg fracture.

He averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 games with the Blazers, during which the Blazers went 15-5.

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