Nurkic listed as questionable for Game 1 vs. Warriors

Nurkic playing will be game-day call

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland center Jusuf Nurkic's availability for the opening game of the Trail Blazers' playoff series against the Golden State Warriors remains uncertain.

The Blazers listed Nurkic as questionable on the team's injury report for Game 1.

Nurkic has missed seven games with a non-displaced right leg fracture.

There had been speculation the 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast could return for the playoffs. He was seen shooting during warmups for the past two regular-season games, and he's walking with no apparent limp.

Watch: Jusuf Nurkic shoots before Blazers game

On Friday, Portland head coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic's availability for Game 1 would likely be a gameday decision.

"I feel better and I've made good progress, but we still haven't decided if I'm going to play," Nurkic said.

Nurkic, traded to Portland on Feb. 12 from the Denver Nuggets, was averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 games with the Blazers. The Blazers went 15-5 in those 20 games.

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