The Path Blazers will likely be with out two of their most necessary gamers for an prolonged interval.
Portland’s depth took one other hit after guard CJ McCollum and middle Jusuf Nurkic each suffered accidents throughout January video games. The Path Blazers, already coping with the loss of Zach Collins after he underwent ankle surgical procedure in late December, should now lean much more on Damian Lillard and determine a method to keep away from a significant drop within the Western Convention standings.
What’s subsequent for the Portland stars? This is all the pieces we learn about McCollum and Nurkic and the most recent information on when they could return to the courtroom.
What’s CJ McCollum’s damage?
McCollum left a Jan. 16 recreation in opposition to the Hawks with what the Path Blazers initially known as a left foot sprain. Through the first quarter of that contest, Atlanta middle Clint Capela jumped to dam McCollum’s shot try on the rim and landed immediately on his left foot.
Right here’s the play CJ McCollum had his foot stepped on by Clint Capela…
The Blazer have formally introduced he has a left foot sprain and won’t return. pic.twitter.com/Aoflx48YcY
— NBC Sports activities Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) January 17, 2021
Further testing revealed McCollum had suffered a small hairline fracture in his left foot and a mid-foot sprain.
“Unhealthy timing, it is horrible timing,” McCollum stated of the damage. “It is nothing I can actually do about it. I work laborious to maintain myself. I put plenty of time in. I put plenty of effort into my physique. This is among the conditions the place there’s not a lot I might have performed. Possibly if I might’ve performed a left-handed layup he would not have fell on prime of me, however it’s what it’s.
“I believe I am on the level in my life the place, management what you may management. I am not gonna really feel sorry for myself. I dwell a very good life. I am nonetheless gonna dwell a very good life. That is one thing that I can overcome with a while and a few relaxation.”
What’s Jusuf Nurkic’s damage?
Nurkic left a Jan. 14 recreation in opposition to the Pacers with a right wrist fracture. Through the third quarter of that contest, Nurkic swiped at a driving Malcolm Brogdon, then instantly grabbed his wrist. He walked again to the locker room on the subsequent timeout break and didn’t return.
“We’re at all times gonna be right here for [Nurkic]. We’re at all times gonna present our assist for him,” Lillard stated. “However we gotta give him his area and let him take that in. It is a robust factor. It comes with what we do, and it will possibly occur at any time. I believe that is the most effective factor to do and the way we should always deal with it.”
How lengthy will CJ McCollum be out?
Portland introduced on Jan. 19 that McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks. If he stays on that timeline, McCollum will miss not less than 16 video games, however the 29-year-old stays optimistic about his future.
“I am battle-tested, man. I am good,” McCollum stated. “I have been by means of rather a lot in my life. I am in a very good stage of life. Mentally, I am at peace.”
“Within the meantime, I’ll simply get pleasure from what comes with this life. I’ll benefit from the battle of among the issues we take without any consideration…among the issues that we don’t notice are necessary to us that now you may’t essentially do when issues occur like this.” – @CJMcCollum pic.twitter.com/2Lhjs1Lhfm
— Portland Path Blazers (@trailblazers) January 19, 2021
How lengthy will Jusuf Nurkic be out?
Portland introduced on Jan. 19 that Nurkic underwent wrist surgical procedure and will likely be re-evaluated in six weeks. If he stays on that timeline, Nurkic will miss not less than 23 video games. Lillard expects backup huge man Harry Giles to play a a lot bigger function with Nurkic sidelined.
“There’s gonna be an enormous alternative for [Giles], and I believe he is ready for it,” Lillard stated. “Mentally, I believe he is a brilliant assured younger participant. Each morning once I come into the power, he is on one of many baskets engaged on his recreation, sweating. … He is been within the health club. He is been getting ready himself for each time that chance got here.
“I believe now it is right here, and I believe he’ll be prepared for it. We’re gonna want him to be.”
The Blazers will, not less than within the brief time period, seemingly attempt to fill the opening left by Jusuf Nurkic’s damage by committee.
Enes Kanter & Harry Giles are already in #RipCity.
Damian Lillard says Giles has an enormous alternative and “he is ready for it.” pic.twitter.com/oMrXBfObrt
— AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) January 15, 2021
CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic stats for 2020-21 season
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