Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will be out for at least 8 weeks after fracturing his wrist in the third quarter of Thursday night’s loss 111-87 to the Indiana Pacers. Nurkic’s wrist collided with the knee of Malcolm Brogdon as he went to swipe at the ball. He immediately stopped and looked at his hand before leaving the court holding it gingerly.
A fractured wrist was later confirmed. It was announced Friday that Nurkic would undergo surgery to repair it.
Nurkic will be out the remainder of Portland’s first half of the season schedule. He started in 12 games for Portland averaging 9.8 points, and 7.7 rebounds a game. The Blazers will look to Enes Kanter and Harry Giles to make up for his absence.
Enes Kanter stood in for Nurkic during the end of the 2018-19 season and helped Portland to the Western Conference Finals.