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Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) to return Friday

Jan 13, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic said Thursday that he will return from a fractured right wrist to play in Friday’s road game against the Orlando Magic.

Nurkic made the announcement from his own Twitter account.

“Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will make his return to the lineup on Friday vs. Orlando. He’s back from a right wrist fractured. Sources tell : Jusuf Nurkic,” Nurkic tweeted.

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Nurkic will miss his 32nd consecutive game on Thursday night when Portland faces the Miami Heat. He was injured in a game against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 14.

The 26-year-old Nurkic is averaging 9.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 12 games this season.

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The injury was the second major one for Nurkic over the past three seasons. He missed most of the 2019-20 regular season after sustaining compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula in a game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 25, 2019.

Nurkic has career averages of 11.7 points and eight rebounds in 330 games (249 starts) over seven NBA seasons with the Denver Nuggets and Trail Blazers.

–Field Level Media